Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Christmas rush

It has sat in the atrium of our house for a few days now, after we found it on sale at a local big box store. It will look great when we finally assemble it, but there's always something that comes up. Meanwhile, people are posting pictures of their decorated living rooms, sharing their Christmas ideas. Unfortunately, sometimes  lost in all the rush is the reason that we celebrate--God's gift to us, the best Christmas present we could ever receive.

I realize that Jesus was probably born in the summer months. I've heard the stories that our current Christmas was moved to coincide with the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. But all that's less important to me than the "reason for the season." And it doesn't matter when we observe the occasion.

So, whether you're all set for the holidays or are still trying to get everything done, don't forget why we celebrate. Whether it's in December or July, it's a wonderful time to stop and reflect on the greatest gift anyone could receive.

4 comments:

Priscilla said...


Amen to that!

Richard Mabry said...


Thanks, Priscilla.

Patricia Bradley said...

Richard, I stood in the courtyard of the Garden Tomb and thought aboutHis Birth. This Christmas will certainly be different for me.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, every time I read one of your posts (and I thank you for sending them), I think of the song, "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked." The line that comes back to me is, "...and felt Him close to me." I've been privileged to go to Jordan and see Israel while I was there, and it certainly changed me. Thanks for your continued comments.