“Christ delights to think upon His Church and look upon her beauty. As the bird returns to its nest, and as the traveler hastens home, so the mind continually pursues the object of its choice…we may often forget to meditate upon the perfections of our Lord, but He never ceases to remember us. Let’s admonish ourselves for past forgetfulness, and pray for the grace to always keep Him in our fondest memories.” – Charles Spurgeon.
One of the reasons I think people like Christmas is because of its beauty and its peaceful atmosphere. Typically, people are happier this time of year; they are more giving; they are more willing to serve. As the angels sang in the Shepherd’s hearing,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14).
At Christmas we get to experience a bit of peace; we partake a slice of His glory; it’s a wonderful time of year.
Sadly though, as quickly as this peace comes, it leaves when the festivity of a Christmas holiday is over. We return to our daily grind, forgetting that Jesus is still with us. All His peace remains. It is not the holiday that brought the peace, it’s our Lord Jesus. It’s not the gifts we gave or received that brought the joy, it’s our Lord Jesus. It’s not the tree and its trimmings, or the lights and it’s brightness that brought the beauty, it’s our Lord Jesus. It’s not the carols or the sweet-smelling scents that created an aroma of comfort, it’s our Lord Jesus. Christmas only ushers in the reminder that Jesus is reason for more than a season. He’s daily; He’s monthly; He’s yearly, He’s forever; He is ceaselessly peace. May we never forget, may we always remember.
Instead of dressings for the tree and spices for the meal, let’s choose to remember that Jesus gives us garments of salvation to wear and makes our lives a sweet aroma of life that breathes brightly in this dark world. Jesus truly is the reason for more than a season. He is always, evermore and for all time.
“Some may forget, but I will never forget you. You see, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” – Jesus.