Ho! Ho! Ho!

Well here we are again, my favorite time of year.  Since my contrarian gift request for Christmas some years ago there have been mixed responses from kind compliance to “come on now, don’t be silly.”  Not actually verbalized, but acted out.  People really have a hard time not buying a real, tangible Christmas gift.  Any other way and it doesn’t really seem like Christmas.

This year Pat and I told everyone that we have too much stuff and besides we don’t need anything (now, I really do need a 1971 Volkswagen Bus, but fat chance of that).  Items now tend to be stored out in the garage if not in use and we have run out of room.  We can’t sell a gift in a garage sale, that is ungrateful, and we can’t “re-gift,” for in our retirement years state of mind, we might accidentally give it back to the “gifter.”  That would be a real insult.  So, we store them in the garage.

For anyone not aware, my Christmas request some years ago was that instead of giving me a gift for Christmas, make a small donation to a Christian ministry for those in need.  I base this on the fact that gift giving on the event of Christ’s birth was not between Joseph and Mary, the shepherds and the innkeeper, or anyone else that happened to be around.  The only gifts recorded in the Bible, were those given to baby Jesus by the Magi.  Jesus said that on Judgment Day whatever was done for or against the least of His brothers was done to Him (Matt. 25:40).  So if we give to those in need on Christmas, accordingly, we give a gift to Jesus, no?

Now this has nothing to do with our giving to others on Christmas.  We only wish we were of the means to give bigger gifts than is possible, and we love all the festivities that go along with this pagan celebration.  Yes that’s right.  The long history of the Winter Solstice celebration that was appropriated for Christmas by the Church in the early centuries has its origins in various ancient cults and rituals.  And while some Christians object to the celebration of Christmas for those reasons, I believe that what is spiritually attached to such a holiday trumps the history.  Behavior may or may not reflect the intent of the heart, which according to Jesus is foremost.  To Christians, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As Jesus came into His world as a baby, so must we too be born into the Kingdom of God.  In John 3:3, Jesus says that anyone not “born again” will never see the kingdom of God.  We all must start out as baby believers.  Our lives testify that “old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).  Thank God that the Holy Spirit helps us grow into spiritual adults in the likeness of Christ.  May hearts bow around the world in adoration for the coming of Messiah.  “O Come Let Us Adore Him!”

Merry Christmas





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