The Christmas Holiday is a time to recognize the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Christians from around the globe have grown up with the biblical story of the baby Jesus born in a stable to the Virgin Mary. It has been a symbol of hope throughout the ages. Jesus enters the world despite attempts to thwart his life. His birthplace in a stable was secured through kindness and out of necessity. Shepherds are drawn to the occasion. Wise men bring him gifts. All fulfilling a prophecy that hope had come at last, love had entered the world, and redemption was thought to be imminent.
President Ulysses S Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in the United States on June 24, 1870. This holiday is celebrated by billions every year. In the days of old when things were simpler we would gather with family. Meals were prepared. Gifts exchanged. Businesses would close for the day.
Today commercialization and mass marketing has changed this time for us. It is not positive that you will get off or businesses will close or that you will spend time with family and friends. Stress levels and obligations seem to be off the charts, so much to do, so little time to do it. We would like you to remember the spirit of the season which is the spreading of love and joy, an abundance of peace and happiness, hope and prosperity, goodwill and well-being to one another.
The story of Jesus birth embodies this spirit. It reminds us that we are loved and protected and will be cared for no matter what our situation or circumstance might be. Much like the biblical Jesus we all have a destiny to fulfill though symbolically we might enter the stables of our life not understanding what, when, how or why concerning the many situations and circumstances we face. Have faith for we can hold onto the hope that our needs will be met, we will be safe and secure, we will be guided on our journey and help will be strategically dispatched to help us when needed.
In the words of Joel Osteen know that “as long as you have breath in your body somebody needs you” and we add that you need others. Embrace the spirit of the season. Meditate on it. Let it shape you. You become the light that Jesus represents in the story.