Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
(2 Corinthians 9:15)
I don’t know about you, but our family measure the passing of time by the Christmases we spend together. Happy memories. Nostalgia. Gratitude. Laughter and food. But for some of us this year, Christmas will be tinged with sadness. Memories of loved ones we now miss. An aching for their presence, and for happy times and laughter to come back again. For others, Christmas is just a holiday season with entertainment and food. So, what is the essence of Christmas? If Christmas is only about these things, then we have left its divine essence out on the front doors of our hearts. For the magic of Christmas lies in seeing its immense contrast.
Christ was the King, but He was born in a stable (some say a cave). The heavens sang, but the world barely raised a yawn. He came to save, but death awaited Him even at birth. He was rich, yet for our sake became poor. In such contrast lies the true meaning of Christmas. This is a season of great joy, festivity, and celebration with loved ones. But if we make room for the poor, the unloved, the sick, the prisoners, the unwanted, then something magical begins to happen. If we invite into our homes people who can never pay us back, then we begin to know just what the Christ child did when He was came into this world. We have begun to embrace what true Christmas is. For He came freely yet at great cost to Himself.
So, between now and Christmas Day, invite others into your homes, especially many singles who are not with their families. Visit the orphans, bless the widows, the lonely, the sick, the poor, the prisoners, and those who are suffering. Bring gifts, cheer, and blessings. Bring your children to visit where possible. Invite others to Skyline and to your home. Share the good news and the goodness of God. Seal it with His love. For in doing so, we are truly thanking God for His “original” indescribable gift!
Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师