Christmas Is Still Worth Celebrating

Friends, it's the Christmas season!  Here we are about two weeks away from a beautiful holiday, where we have the joy of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ -- born more than 2000 years ago. And yet I am discovering that so many are struggling and finding it hard to celebrate Christmas in the same way they would in the past. I get it!  I know where you’re coming from. This has been a really hard year. 

It would be easy for us to be so consumed with the pandemic we have been dealing with since March that we lose sight of this incredible miracle. But I want to challenge you with something… Christmas is still worth celebrating. The birth of Jesus Christ is still a miraculous event. Life goes on; and while this year may be the hardest year most of us have walked through, I believe this year it is even more important for us to celebrate Jesus. You see the world is a mess. It is full of chaos. Lives are in a complete upheaval with the loss of jobs, incomes greatly reduced, kids at home from school. People are depressed, anxious, and stressed out. 

We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to show the world that our faith is real!  That we will not be shaken! That the birth of Jesus is still something to celebrate. That Jesus is still the answer. We can't just love Jesus when things are going well. Our love for and belief that Jesus is the Savior of the world is not dependent on our circumstances. Does that mean I understand everything that is happening? Absolutely not. But it does mean that today I choose to proclaim that Jesus is still my Lord, that my life is still in HIs hands, and I will celebrate His birth with as much joy as I have in years past. 

Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Immanuel means “God is with us.” Today be reminded of that fact and celebrate this season with the same joy as in seasons past. Take a few minutes to pray and thank God for sending us His Son and for His continued presence with us. Share with God your concerns. No one loves you more than He does.

By David Howard 

David is the father of 3 boys and a grandfather of triplet grandsons. He has been married to his best friend, Kelly Howard, for more than 36 years.

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