Christmas

I once heard someone ask the question,

“When did you become a Christian?”  The response somewhat surprised me.  Some people when asked that question can tell you exactly when and where they became a Christian.  Some will say they always have been.  Still other’s will say don’t know if they even are.  But the best response I have ever heard to that question was this,

“I became a Christian this morning.  I became one yesterday.  The day before I became one too.  Everyday I wake up and give myself to Christ and resolve to live for Him”.  This is something that I have incorporated into my spiritual life.  As with any Christian, we all have our good days and or not so good days when it comes to our relationship with Jesus.  None of us are without sin, and sin separates us from the Love of Jesus and the infinite Mercy that flows from His Love for us.  Fortunately we can always repair that relationship through God’s infinite mercy.  Everyday we can start over with Jesus.  Every moment of every day we can start over with Jesus.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!  Those simple words, Merry Christmas for years were common in our society as a greeting and a farewell in our conversations with our fellow human beings.  Then in both an attempt to be more secular, and inclusive the use of Merry Christmas fell out of use for the secular Happy Holidays.

In recent years though it seems Merry Christmas is making a comeback.  Christmas is both a Christian and secular holy day I mean holiday in our country and in many parts of the world.  Even non-believers take advantage of the Christmas holiday season.  The one day when the whole world comes to a screeching halt to come together with their families and loved ones.  Even Wal-Mart closes on Christmas day.

Yes Christmas day is a day where we share the Christmas cheer with everyone.  Yes Christmas day is the one day of the year that many of us can put aside our petty differences and get along with people we wouldn’t ordinarily tolerate each other.  Christmas is the one time of the year where everyone “steps it up” to spread a little Christmas cheer and talks a little nicer and acts a little nicer.  Christmas is the one time of the year when we are a little more forgiving of each other and a little more cheerful an upbeat.  Yes the Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year.  Merry Christmas to you.

Why do we wish Merry Christmas?  Merry Christmas is a blessing from one to another.  It is both a secular blessing of good vibes and warm wishes. It is a Christian blessing that the peace and love of Christ be upon you.  So will you wish those Christmas blessings on others on December 26th?  December 31st?  How about on June 22nd?  Yes, there is a definitive point in our existence when we in fact do become a Christian.  But we can renew and ratify that moment each and everyday with our commitment to Christ.  Yes there is one day of the year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but why should we limit Christmas cheer to just one day of the year?  Everyday should be Christmas and we should live everyday as if it was Christmas.

Merry Christmas from my family to yours and may the peace and joy of Jesus Christ be upon you and your family this Holiday season and everyday.

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