Friday, December 14, 2012

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not:  
for, 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."
Luke 2:10,11
(KJV)

To me, Christmas is wonderful.

I know there are those among Christian circles
who believe it is wrong to celebrate it...
to get too caught up in it.
They argue that it is too commercialized.
Too overrated.
They stress the origins of the holiday as being 
Paganistic or heathenistic or other things.
They warn of the dangers of the whole idea.
They seem to look down
 upon those of us who are so blessed,
so encouraged,
so uplifted,
so heart-warmed,
so thankful,
so jubilant,
during this wonderful time of the year.

I will be honest.

I have never felt the need to go back and delve into the things
of which they warn....
nor to research what other people's motives were years or even centuries ago...
when the name Christmas was attached to our cherished modern-day holiday.

I only know what Christmas means...
to me and my little family....
all of these years later...
after our Messiah was born.

I am only stating why Christmas is so precious...
so incredibly special....
so near and dear to my heart.

Whatever the original intentions were for calling this holiday
we know as "Christmas" CHRISTMAS,
is not really in my thoughts at all...
when I think of the precious gift God gave the world on that dear, holy night,

as I praise Jesus for being willing to be the Lamb of God Who came
to take away not only my sins, but the sins of the whole world,

when I look back over my life and think about the many ways 
His coming has changed my life and everything about it,

as I go about carrying on the cherished and precious Christmas traditions 
my little family has established and held so dear over the years,

when I see how the perpetuation of those traditions is so important to our sweet boy...
how he lights up when he sees each decoration and we reminisce and recall special memories,

as I come to life thinking thoughtful thoughts while shopping for those I love the most...
realizing all the while that it is not the size or monetary value of the gift, 
but the love behind it that counts most,

when I see Zachary's face light up on Christmas Eve...
as he gratefully and thankfully opens the things 
Kevin and I have put so much thought and energy into buying for him,

as I bow before my precious King...Who was willing to be born into such 
meager, unconventional circumstances...to BE the ultimate gift...ever,

when I realize once again that if Jesus had not come,
if He had not been willing,
if He had overlooked our dire and desperate need of a Saviour,
we, my friend, would have had 
absolutely no hope.

To me, in a spiritual sense, 
Christmas is all about Calvary.
For had He not come,
been born as a tiny baby,
grown up into manhood,
then died on an old, rugged cross,
we would be lost forever.

Whatever the history,
whatever the original intent,
whatever the actual date of His birth,
am so glad...
so profoundly thankful to the dear Lord...
that we have a holiday that it is set aside each year...
when almost everything shuts completely down,
when families are drawn together,
when His name is mentioned each time the holiday is,
when the world seems a bit kinder, a bit more giving, a bit more forgiving,
when those who don't worship Him at other times, find themselves seated in church pews,
when He is thought about more than ordinary,
when we can still wish others "Merry Christmas",
when the child in all of us can come to life and rejoice!
I am so glad...
that we have Christmas!

I praise God for it.

I try to patronize the stores that still call it what it is...
CHRISTmas.
Through the years,
I have written numerous letters to those who insist upon calling 
it something other than what it is...
what it will always be....
just to be politically-correct.
If I don't see the word "Christmas" in their advertising,
I let them know how much it disturbs and "offends" me...
and I politely stop any type of patronage with them..
not only at Christmas,
but even throughout the rest of the year.

As a Christian,
I believe we have a right to express our opinions, too.
Thank God, we still live in a country where we have freedom of speech.
I believe we should use it.
For too long, 
we have been paralyzed...
by passivity...
or should I say apathy.

It's time to snap out of it.
It is time to stand up for what we believe in.
It is time to wake up!

Not only about the removal of the word Christmas,
but concerning many other issues, as well.

Those who are anti-CHRISTian 
and anti-CHRISTmas
have no problem voicing their opinion.
Unfortunately, 
they are just about the only ones who have made their voices heard...
hence, the state we are currently in.

Remember, 
The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
The loudest voice gets the attention.

The other day, I was so sad to read yet another story
of yet another elementary school
who's principal has succumbed
to the pressure of being "politically-correct"
and has removed Baby Jesus and the manger scene
from off the schoolyard lawn,
only to place it hidden away in a school closet.
She said she wanted to be fair to everyone.
Really??
What about the Christians...
 the believers in that Florida town...
who are complaining and hurt and "offended"
over what she has done?

Each time someone gives in,
each time someone caves...
to the secular, unGodly pressure,
another little piece of something precious...
is lost.

Thank God for the voices who are speaking loud and proud
and are contending for the right...
such as the American Family Association.

Every year,
they publish a "naughty and nice" list on their website
stating which stores do or do not believe in Christmas
being what it is...
a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Right now,
there is an American Family Association-initiated boycott
against Gap, Old Navy, & Banana Republic
for their irreverent view of CHRISTmas.

Please take the time to visit AFA's website, and study 
their "naughty and nice" list before you do your 
Christmas shopping, will you?

Click here:
http://action.afa.net/item.aspx?id=2147486887

Also, enjoy this video on youtube.
(I love this song!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln01p1M2cH0

God is with us...
Emmanuel has come!

What great reason to rejoice!

Enjoy this season.
Cherish the moments.
Hold your loved ones close.
Rejoice in the One Who came and made it all possible.
Be thankful not only for the presents,
but mostly for His presence...
in your life...
every day of the year.


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