May you be blessed this day! May you know the love of God the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus, and the intimate fellowship of the Holy Spirit on this joyous day!
I have to apologise right up front here, because I had intended to write more devotions for this season, but we have recently started a new job, and with it came new and very different responsibilities, so both the podcasts – which you can find here and here – and the blog have suffered a bit over the last 3 months. However, it is our intention to publish a weekly blog post going forward in the new year as well as some other very exciting content! So make sure that you stay tuned in here! Having said all of that, let’s get on with our Christmas Day post.
I love Christmas, if you didn’t already know! I always look forward to this time of year, and to the celebration, and the good will that goes along with it. There seems to be something very magical about this time of year. I’m not even sure that I can put my finger on why that is, but can only point out that it is.
Christmas is a wonderful time to reflect on the birth of Christ, and to retell ourselves the story and of our need to Jesus.
It can be a difficult thing to focus on in the midst of everything else that seems to be going on. There seems to be so much busyness at this time of year. People are caught up in trying to get things sorted for their own Christmas.
I wonder if, upon deeper reflection, that the spirit of Christmas is actually not a spirit of giving, but rather a spirit of selfishness. People need to get the things the stuff that is going to make them, or those people who are closest to them, the happiest.
There goes my theory of this time of year being something special generally! Although, that depends on what your definition of the word ‘special’ is. If we take that to mean a time of year that is different to every other time of the year, then yes, we can still say that Christmas is a special time of year. We don’t really need another blog post to rant about the commercialisation of Christmas, we can find a million of those all over the internet – so let’s talk practicality – here are 4 things that you can do TODAY that will help you to focus during the day.
1 Read The Nativity Story
This is an easy place to start. Just read the first part of Matthew or Luke’s Gospel, since those two tell us the story of the birth of Jesus, complete with the angles, the star, the shepherds, the wise men, the stable and the manger, king Herod, all of it! If you want to get the lowdown on how everything happened, then there is no better place to start than right there at the beginning.
2 Spend a Few Moments in Prayer
Having read the birth story, then reflecting on it in prayer, thinking about what it means for the rescuer to come to earth, for God to take on humanity in the person of the God-Man Jesus, is a great way to go forward. Thank God for sending Jesus, thank Jesus for coming, thank God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) a way has been made for our relationship to be restored, for all of creation to be put right.
3 Have a Birthday Cake for Jesus
This is a great way to show your kids what the day is all about, it’s the day that we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Having a birthday cake, lighting candles and singing happy birthday is something that they automatically understand, so it’s easy to make a connection and to talk about why Jesus had to come, and to explain the Gospel to them.
4 Listen to Carols That Tell the Story
Songs like O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Come O Come Emmanuel are all wonderful songs that are worship songs, and tell wonderful aspects of the Christmas Story. Make a point of listening to those songs, singing those songs, and using them to remind yourself that the King has come, and that the Kingdom is here, and it is advancing!
Be Blessed as you celebrate today.