Beyond the “Merry Christmas” Wars

christmas clerkPsalm 73:28

Every year at this time I read an article or see a post on Facebook about how lost people don’t celebrate Christmas right.  How they use the holiday to drink and shop and host parties, and don’t give the “Christ” in Christmas much thought at all.  And then there is anger regarding the “Happy Holiday” we receive at the department store.  And we are told to just say “Merry Christmas” right back in their face… with a tone not exactly reflecting the joy of the season I imagine!

We need to realize that we aren’t gaining anything by winning the “pin the correct name on the holiday” award.  How about we take a different approach?  Celebrate the season with joy along side them.  Wait for the moment to share the depth and the breadth the holiday means within your own heart.  God will create the moment.  The checkout if probably not the venue.

So many people celebrate the 25th… but do so with an emptiness.  They know there is suppose to be some “holiday magic” during this season… but they are left on the 26th a little disenchanted.  It is because they don’t know the “Christ” of Christmas.  Words spoken by a greeting alone can’t convey his mercy and compassion toward them.  How about you be the conduit for them?

Brennan Manning wrote:  “What will separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, the mystics from the romantics this Christmas will be the depth and quality of our passion for Jesus.”  Wow!  That goes beyond singing the right Christmas songs and issuing the correct greetings at the mall.  My passion for Jesus, himself, not mere passion for his birth date.

Psalm 73:28 says:  “But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my judge; I will tell of all your deeds.”  Has God not changed your life?  Has Jesus not saved your soul?  Passionately display that!

Be His ambassador this Christmas… at every Christmas gathering, at every work holiday party, in every checkout line this season.  God is with us!  Celebrate it with passion!  Take a page from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.  He wrote of Scrooge at the end of hwreathis tale: “… it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge.”  Let that be said of you as well.

Merry Christmas!

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One thought on “Beyond the “Merry Christmas” Wars

  1. Thank you for that wonderful post, Wayne. I just kept saying Amen over and over again. What wonderful words of wisdom. God Bless you, brother. Jeff O’Brien

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