Luke 2: 8-15 and there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
It comes around this time each year, Christmas. It is when we remember and celebrate the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ, yet so many would like to stop this celebration by declaring that it is insulting and discriminatory to their beliefs. Christmas has been celebrated at the same time each year for centuries, and no matter what anyone says or tries to do about it, it will continue, at least among Christians.
It is also a time of the year that we miss those who have gone on to be with Jesus and those who live to far away to visit. Sadness and joy combined make up all the feelings that abound this time of the year. For many it is a hard time as they remember bad times, lost loved ones, and separation from family and friends.
The good news is that Jesus was born, the son of God, to take away the sins of the world, to act as intercessor with the father, so that all who believe on him shall be saved and enter into eternal life with him.
I remember good Christmas’s and bad, and when I look back, I see how blessed I have been since the day I turned my heart over to the lord. No matter what this world does, no matter how immoral, wicked or violent it gets, I know who stands by my side and guides me. I know who I will stand beside at the end, and I know I will see all of those loved ones that have gone before and will come after, once again.
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, not “Happy Holidays, but Merry Christmas – Happy Birthday Jesus. Think about the times when Christmas might not have been as good. Maybe you were alone, away from loved ones and friends or maybe you lost someone close to this day. As you reflect, think about what some others may be going through and reach out to those you can with the love of Jesus to let them know, they are loved and are never truly alone.