After writing on the F’s of holiday stress (Frenetic Activity, Family Issues, & Finances) I realized I missed the most central F in the positive list I provided; Flexibility, Focus, Fun and now Faith. Faith is what Christmas is. Many of us celebrate Christmas for a wide range of reasons some that have nothing to do with faith. Yet, faith in a God who came down to live amongst us is what Christmas is at it’s core.
Sure Santa seems jolly and generous but he has been known to give out coal if you are bad, or to take you off his list if you haven’t done your chores. He represents conditional love, or love based on how good you are.
Jesus, on the other hand, came to save us all no matter what we have done. If we have stolen, lied, cheated, gossiped or even murdered, his gift of grace is still available to you. Many say, “I have been good enough, certainly his salvation is available to me.” but that statement misses the point by a long shot. The point isn’t being “good enough.” The point is that Jesus coming as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes as a promise from God. A promise that no matter how bad we have been, if we accept his gift of grace then it belongs to us.
You each have this gift in front of you wrapped specifically for you. Yet, so many of you choose not to open it. We fiddle with the bows. We contemplate it. We put it off fearing God will take over our life and make us be “good.” We have missed the point.
If you open this gift your life will be changed forever and you will never be the same. God will love you unconditionally and you will begin a relationship with your creator filled with love and acceptance. Don’t miss this chance to pull open the ribbons, tear open the wrapping paper and open your personal gift of grace. You’ll never regret it!
God is love.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-13
"My grace is sufficient for you." 2 Corinthians 12: 9a