Feeling "un-Christmas-y"

Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Psalm 42:5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. (NKJV)

What is it about this Christmas season that makes me feel very "un-Christmas-y"? Perhaps it is the fact that family is not nearby, or the lack of snow on the ground, with rain coming down instead of snow. Or is it the health problems that won't let me eat Christmas goodies, or rushing about trying to get everything done before the holidays descend on me? I just know that I don't feel very "Christmas-y".

But then, what is a "Christmas-y" feeling, anyway? Some people find that Christmas music on the radio or CD helps. Or perhaps we need Christmas plays and pageants and outings. How about the Christmas trees and the decorations we put up in our homes and see on the lampposts and in the stores? Then there are the big parades for the season. Or is it that surge of joy we get when the right gift is found for someone that starts up the feeling that Christmas is coming?

No, although these may all be part of the equation, I think that feeling "Christmas-y" must be more than these. Perhaps it comes from taking the time to "be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10a KJV), and to remember that once, a long time ago, a Babe was born in Bethlehem who was God, come to us in the flesh, to live with human beings and to show us the way to Himself. It is the joy that comes from knowing that God has invaded our dreary lives with hope of life eternal, to initiate a relationship with Him that will go on forever. Rushing and bustling have been my lot for the past two weeks, and I need to take the time (not find it, but take it) to spend in worship, at home, on my own, to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. Then I will feel more like it is Christmas again … a joyful time of the year!

Perhaps I need to listen more carefully as I hear and read the words spoken by the angels to the shepherds:

Luke 2:10b-11 – Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (KJV)

Prayer: Lord God, may we know the reason for this season in a personal, thoughtful way. Grant us the joy of the Christmas season as we celebrate Christ's birth, in our own ways. Amen.

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Ruth Burkholder <ruth.burk@sympatico.ca>
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

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