Happy Easter! He is risen.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:8-14 NIV
I wish you peace, comfort, and joy! Also, if you haven’t had the chance to read this article, it is well worth it.
In spite of the marketing geared towards technology and purchasing gifts, have we forgotten the real reason why we celebrate? This video shows the real reason why we celebrate Christmas (except in technological terms).
When I reflect on Christmas, I am instantly transported back to my childhood growing up in Maryland. You see, Christmas is still as magical for me, as when I was ten years old and begging my parents for the Barbie Dream House. Although I am older, I still cherish the moments and the reason why we celebrate on the 25th. In fact, as I grow older, I relish in the facts that I can give back to those around me through sharing kind words of encouragement,
The real joys of Christmas, however, did not impact me until I was 19 and completing my first social work internship at a local senior center. I was assigned to work with a woman, who had a brain tumor. My supervisor informed me that no one could ever reach out to her and that her bitterness would drive me away from a field that I felt was my true calling. This woman definitely did not seem interested in having a college sophomore keep her company and help with counseling. After all, I had no experience and was still a “kid.”
The first two weeks were a challenge, but I was determined to help her cope and adapt to her situation. After the two weeks, we forged a bond and I decided to share something that brought a great deal of joy and comfort into my life: cross stitching. We began working on a butterfly pattern, and she began to share her experiences with me. The first butterfly was completed one week from Christmas, and I remember how she smiled and gave me a hug, thanking me for bringing joy into her life. She was joyous, no longer bitter, and the staff talked about the difference I made during the semester in this woman’s progress.
Little did I know that she would not be around after this moment. Upon walking into the center after Christmas, I noticed something different. The woman had died on Christmas morning. I was in shock, but I look back and reflect on how she taught me about the joys of sharing with others. Even though, this may not be totally reflective of a Christmas story. I learned more about the joys of giving back to those in need through this moment. You see, God blessed us with his son, who transformed the world in so many ways and brought love into a needy world. When you give to others, you are glorifying God and reflecting upon the true meaning of Christmas.
**This is the first post in the Christmas Miracles Series that will be running on Crystal Clear Conservative during the month of December.**
As many of my readers might have noticed, Crystal Clear Conservative is sharing the joys of Christmas with the world. You see, I love Christmas. It is a time to reflect on the miracle of Jesus’ birth, but a time to give to others. I am excited that my fellow Jeffersoniad blog sister, Kat of CatHouse Chat, is hosting the Carnival of Christmas! The Carnival of Christmas is a great way to spread the joy of Christmas, share traditions, recipes, stories and examples of faith. I am hopefully submitting two entries for the Carnival this year.
Gee, what has gotten into people? In the wake of Black Friday, madness has caused 1 death (WalMart employee in Long Island) and two men shooting at each other at a Toys R’ Us.
Has commercialism kidnapped the spirit of Christmas? It is a shame that the loss of life due to people fighting over bargains has taken away from the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is time to share and give back to others. It is the spirit of love and joy, not madness.
It is sad to think we are more focused on materialism, rather than the spirit of Christmas. As we head into the days before Christmas, let us think of what truly matters.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Today, I am taking a day off to spend with family. Happy Easter!