Christmas – the time of year, and the day. They are observed or at least given lip service in just about every nation – whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or atheist. They bring up different thoughts for different people.
One thought is of a baby born in a manger. He is thought to be Christ the King, son of the Creator of the Universe. He was sent to earth to live among us, the thought goes on. He grew up to be an adult to show us what His Father was like and to give us selfless love like his Father had for him and for us. Those who hold this thought believe that by getting to know this Jesus, they can get to know his Father, and become like them. They believe it’s possible to give selfless love during the Christmas season – and every day. Watching out for and giving to others including those less fortunate – giving them time, attention, clothing, and money – is what people holding this thought do, thinking their Father will take care of what they need, so they can contribute to others’ needs.
Another thought is of the presents that are given. It’s of time spent at the crowded stores either buying things or serving others and working longer hours. It’s of hectic times in traffic jams, airports, or railway stations. It’s flaring up at someone who didn’t respect your space in front of you. It’s about being with relatives you don’t understand or care much for. It’s about getting what you can from others – either personally or in your business – about milking the holiday season for what you can gain out of it. And then it’s about moaning about how tough it is, that it’s THAT TIME of year again. Finally, when it’s done, it’s about thinking, “I’ve survived another Christmas. It’s a rushed, stressful time of year. We’re done with it – until it comes around next year.”
The person for whom all this is named – Christ – said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
What’s your response to this and to Christmas?