WHAT IS CHRISTMAS?
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
When I think about Christmas during my childhood, I remember many special times. Decorating the Christmas tree, arranging the manger scene, Christmas caroling and baking holiday cutout cookies. On Christmas Eve, my family gathered together for the evening candlelight church service. While singing Silent Night and holding our lit candles, I began to feel a deeper connection with God.
On Christmas morning, my family delighted in the taste of sweet rolls and coffeecake while exchanging and excitedly opening our gifts. In the afternoon, we visited relatives and friends for a festive dinner celebration.
As I grew older, I realized that Christmas was more than just tree trimming, holiday treats, and receiving gifts. I discovered that Christmas was about being less self-centered and more giving with our loved ones. It is also a time for us to renew our faith and trust in God.
When we put aside our personal differences and begin to offer kindness, love and support to others, the true spirit of Christmas comes alive. In the midst of this busy holiday season, let's remember to follow the bright star in the sky. For it is this very light which led the shepherds to witness the miracle of Christ's birth. God created the world and without his light to guide our way, we would be lost. In all that he provides for us, let us give thanks by celebrating in the spirit of God's love with those around us. For it is in this miracle, that we discover the true meaning of Christmas.