It's Time to Party
This year, old combine with new to create a plethora of beauty. Candles framed with holly flicker in the night to remind all what the season is truly about.
The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is worth celebrating. But is December the only time to do it?
God's gift - His liberating gift - is One that sets people free from pain and judgment. And Christmas reminds us that it's available to all, not just the special or elite. For we all have fallen short of the glory of God and are wretched in the eyes of the Father.
Jesus takes us under his wing, not to shelter us from the trials of life, but to weather the storms. To show us that He loves each and everyone of us. To prove that He will never leave nor forsake us and remain the one Friend when none other will or can be.
I can hear the questions now. "Is Jesus Christ real or is he someone more like Santa Claus?" "What if I don't celebrate?" "What if I think nobody should celebrate?"
I'd like to address each one of these if I may.
1. Is Jesus real? Jesus Christ is real. Historians, Christian and non-Christian, have documented this fact. Eye-witness accounts (biblical and non-biblical) support his life, death and resurrection. Our calendar is based on his presence on this earth (A.D., B.C.). If you have an issue with Jesus, I suggest you research a bit more and use other sources besides the Bible. As for the Christian faith, that is another debate, but Jesus is not Santa Claus. Christmas is not a holiday founded on a man in the North Pole who makes presents for the children of the world, although that is a folktale and is told to almost every child from birth. It's about a man who died on a cross for the sins of the world. And that man is real.
2. What if I don't celebrate? Many people, Christians included, do not celebrate Christmas. Their reasons are varied. The commercialism of the world has influenced the true meaning of Christmas for the Christian community and makes it hard for many to celebrate this holiday. Others do not acknowledge it as a holiday simply because they are not Christians, although the world in general, does not celebrate it for that reason alone. Society has set this day aside as a day of rest and a way to acknowledge and bless one another with gifts.
3. "I don't think anybody should celebrate it." I would say you are a selfish person. Whether you are a Christian or not, this day is a way for the world to honor and love one another in the art of giving. In the United States, our constitution give us the right to practice freedom of religion and our Christian faith is protected. That being said, Christmas has evolved beyond merely a Christian holiday. Through this holiday, Jesus' birthday, God's gift to the world touches a multitude in ways unimaginable whether they realize it or not and I say, let it continue.
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About the Author:
Renee Blare has been buried in a book for as long as she can remember. Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, she started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. She’s been counting pills ever since. While writing’s her first love, well, after the Lord and her husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.
Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, she lives in Wyoming with her husband, crazy dogs, and ornery cat. She serves her beautiful small town as a pharmacist while penning her stories about struggling Christians as they travel along the journeys of their lives. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.
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