December 25th, Christmas. A day when families and friends gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God in the flesh, who came here as a tiny baby to change the whole world. To change our own personal space. To change our lives, now and forever.
A day to give extra hugs, extra grace. A day to give special gifts to special people. A day to eat all those lovely things we can’t eat very often. To smile, to laugh. To pose for picture after picture. To share memories, to make more. To show love; to feel loved. To be thankful for those who surround us.
And, of course, a day to remember those who are not here with us, those whose absence is deeply felt. A day to search out joy in the midst of whatever sadness may be lingering in our hearts. To grab onto hope that those strained relationships will one day be restored, and that we will one day be reunited with those who have gone on before us.
A day to pray for those who are unable to spend Christmas with their families because of a commitment to serve others. Whether they are in the medical field, police officers, military personnel, firemen, or utility workers, this is an opportunity to express our thanks for all they do.
So in my own little speck of the world, I will enjoy my precious family. I will pray for them. I will wait expectantly to share life with each of them. To enjoy the spirit of Christmas, whether it be on this day, or another. To cherish these dear people God has placed in my life.
And friends, as we journey through this upcoming year, may each of us strive to follow the example set by Jesus: to be willing to do whatever is necessary for the sake of love.
May we make it a point to show God’s love, to live it out in our daily lives. To carry the sacrificial love of Jesus with us wherever we go, to whomever we meet. To make Christmas not just a day we anticipate once a year, but a way of life that leaves love trailing behind us everywhere we go.