“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God is with us.”
Dear friends in Christ,
When the glitter of Christmas decorations vanishes, the trees are taken down, and the wrappings that the gifts came in are all disposed of, will the truth of Christmas live on? Will the message of Christ’s birth still gladden our hearts?
A visitor to the Food Shelf once brought this point home beautifully. Christmas had passed a few weeks prior; the daily struggles and dilemmas were still a reality in this person’s life, yet there was still a radiant smile on their face. This visitor joyfully said, “How can you help but to be happy, everyday is Christmas.”
This struck me as a profound statement. Everyday is indeed a celebration of Christmas. The Savior of the world, the newborn King, was born in a stable. God incarnate was first encountered in the midst of the mundane, menial, daily chores of life. To me this signifies the presence of Jesus Christ, our Savior, in our everyday, mundane, menial chores. While Christ’s birth is celebrated in song and story, with beautiful decorations on December 25th; the message remains that God continues to meet us in our daily lives. God loves us in our daily activities, guides us in our daily choices and decisions, cares about our daily living, and wants to be part of our lives day to day. God guides us into the truth of God’s grace that born unto us was a son that was named Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’ Because of this we can indeed celebrate Christmas everyday.