“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” a famous song quips. People are running to and fro, putting on celebrations and buying gifts. They are signing and sending off Christmas cards with cheery messages. All of a sudden, generosity is rampant. Everyone seems to be giving to charity (some to get tax deductions–but that’s another story) or grabbing a tag from the giving tree to give to an anonymous person in need. Small and large acts of kindness are all over the news. But what happens after Christmas? What happens after the Christmas service, after all the gifts have been unwrapped, the dishes are done, and the decorations are tucked away in boxes?
Obviously the Christmas season is extra special–it should leave us breathless that our Savior came in the form of a baby, born in a stable, in order to redeem humanity! The day of His birth changed the course of history forever. The celebration of Christmas is no ordinary day. Yet it seems that society doesn’t focus a lot on virtue and charity, except during the Christmas season. For Christians, this is not the way to think. We are called to be a Christmas people always. We are called to spread joy and hope every day. That it is not the Christmas season does not give an excuse to be less generous or charitable. Every season should be a time of seeking goodness in our lives. The way we act at Christmas should be the way we are always striving to follow.
Pray for the strength to be a person who is always carrying the spirit of Christmas to the world. This is my wish for you, that you may carry the joy of Christmas into 2015 and beyond!