For Saturday December 24, 2022
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
A man by the name of A. F. Wells once stated, “Take Christ out of Christmas, and December becomes the bleakest and most colourless month of the year.”
If you have ever celebrated Christmas without understanding its true meaning, that statement probably rings eerily true. Many people go through the motions of the holidays—buying gifts, baking cookies, and sending Christmas cards—but after it is all said and done, they are left with a longing in their hearts, a vast emptiness that was not filled by all the merriment of the season. December becomes a month in which credit cards and stress levels are maxed out. And though precious memories are made on Christmas morning, there is no lasting meaning for the celebration.
For Christians, however, Christmas is a time to celebrate and rejoice that Jesus came down in the form of a baby and brought salvation to an undeserving world. Today, focus your thoughts on the only true and lasting meaning of Christmas, that Christ came down from heaven to bring us gifts that remain even after the day is over: hope, peace, and love.
The birth of Jesus—Saviour, Messiah, Lord—translates all that is shabby,
despairing, and dying into newness, joy, and life.
JENNIE C. OLBRYCH