Randy Bayne

One thing for a Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

If I am going to write a Christmas post, now would be the time. Not doing it now would mean not doing it at all. I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking time for too much writing over the next week or so.

It feels like Christmas got here awfully quick. Didn’t we just have Thanksgiving last week?

Everything seems to move more quickly these days. Is that just me getting older? Perhaps, but it feels like I have a hard time keeping up with the pace of daily living. I wake up early, look at the clock to see 5, 6, or 7 o’clock. Or in the case of today 3:30. Next thing you know I’m looking at the clock in the kitchen and wondering how it got to be three in the afternoon.

Apparently, the time passing between Thanksgiving and Christmas works the same way.

Okay, I’m rambling. It’s what happens when I write early in the morning. It’s 6AM right now.

In a nutshell, Christmas got here way too fast.

A snowy morning in December 2017 - Merry Christmas

No. We didn’t get snow. I’m using this image because one of the few Christmasy ones I have. It’s from 2017, our first Christmas in Georgia and shows our back yard. We were told it doesn’t snow much, at least not in this part of the state. A week later we had a foot of the white stuff.

Turns out the no snow story wasn’t a lie. That was the last snow we had.

The Essence of Christmas

No. it isn’t snow.

The one thing I’m thinking about that makes for a Merry Christmas is the “reason for the season,” Jesus.

Think about it. Without Christ there would be no Christmas. There would be something, but it wouldn’t be Christmas.

Actually, there are quite a few somethings celebrated during the holidays. Here is a list I found.

  • Saint Nicholas Day
  • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • St. Lucia Day
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas Day
  • Three Kings Day/Epiphany
  • Boxing Day
  • Kwanzaa
  • Omisoka
  • Yule
  • Saturnalia

I don’t know what all these are, and I’m sure there are more (Festivus, which happens to be today, comes to mind) but what I do know is that one, Christmas, requires Christ.

In my Christmas post last year I quoted Jordan Raynor, from his book Called to Create:

“He is the very essence of God’s amazing grace and compassion embodied in human form. This little baby is the single greatest act of humility, surrender, love, and devotion the world will ever know.”

How amazing it is that God chose this way to come into the world to be with us. Immanuel – God with Us. This baby, born in a stable and laid in a feeding trough for a crib, is God himself! Immanuel—God with us.

“Let the wonder of it wash over you.” writes Raynor. “Fall in love with God and with His beautiful Son. Consider how this baby changes everything for you—your relationships, your work, your worship, your desires. In these moments, make an offering to this sweet baby. Offer him your life—all of it. And, in return, find that the life he gives you back is far more incredible than anything you could ever imagine on your own.”

So, during this holiday season, take time to consider the birth of Immanuel, God with Us, Jesus. Read and meditate on the account of his birth in Luke 2.

Merry Christmas

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