Psalm 115:2 (NIV)
Why do the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Q: What’s the best way to keep Christ in Christmas?
A: Go to church on Sundays.
It always amazes me that so many people complain that Christmas just isn't the same and yet they never seem to connect their spiritual emptiness with their lack of attendance at Church worship. If they are bombarded with commercial pressure for well over 2 months, then they are bound to be overwhelmed, especially if they don’t take time out to be with the Lord and His people during the season of Advent.
Over the years, I've witnessed young parents crucify themselves emotionally and financially in order to make Christmas perfect for their children. I've seen families get frantic and fight over details about who is hosting Christmas dinner this year. And I've looked at beleaguered workers and sales people practically killing themselves in order to boost their figures in the last month of the year. In the midst of so much pressure, it’s so much easier to let go of God and miss the point of the whole celebration.
The Church prepares us for Christmas in meaningful, traditional, and time-honored ways. Instead of wondering what Christmas is all about and turning it into a nightmare, we honestly and simply need to get with God’s program throughout the year and refocus our lives on Christ.
The Gospel Truth is always this simple. We don’t need to put Christ back into Christmas; He is already there. We need to put ourselves back into Christ – Church gives us that wonderful opportunity every Sunday.
Dear Lord, as we celebrate Christmas give us a heart to be in worship on Sundays and open our souls to Your Holy Presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.