I love so many things about Christmas. I love listening to and singing carols. I love all the pretty lights and decorations. I love hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. I love our tree with its homemade ornaments. I love seeing the joy on children’s faces as they wait for Santa Claus. I love spending time with family. Christmas can be a really magical time. For some, though, Christmas can be a lonely time. There are many without family. It can be a sad time. Maybe you’re missing a loved one who has passed away or have a loved one serving in the military or are missing someone who’s not in your life any more. It can be a stressful time. Christmas is a very busy and very expensive time. It can be overwhelming.

In the middle of all the emotions of the Christmas season, whether happy or sad, I pray that we don’t overlook what Christmas is really all about. The one and only reason we celebrate Christmas is because of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The baby who brought with Him, Hope. He was the promised Messiah and the greatest gift we can receive. And he came in the humblest of ways. He was born in a stable and laid in a manger. An angel came to announce His birth, not to nobility, but to shepherds. Luke 2:10-11 tells us that the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Notice the angel said “to all people” ……happy, sad, lonely, stressed. Let us not get so distracted by the things of this world that we miss the true joy, hope and peace of Christmas. Of all the things I love about Christmas, Jesus is number one. All the other things pale in comparison to the One who came to save me from my sins. It’s a gift for everyone willing to accept it.

Merry Christmas everyone!