For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
During this time of year, I feel like Jesus gets overshadowed by…everything. Since becoming a believer, I’ve honestly struggled with whether I want to even celebrate Christmas at all. Sort of crazy? It’s okay- you can say it. I have my reasons…
Of course, there is the general wordly style of celebration that turns me off- Santa, drunken holiday parties, excess in everything. We’ve already taken all that out of the picture in our home. Well, not the cookies. Definitely not the cookies.
But then there are the birthdays…yes, birthdays with an “s.” There is more than one birthday per week in our family between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Two of those are our own children’s birthdays.
So all of the usual, well-meaning advice- slow down, cut out the non-essentials, focus on the reason for the season– gets drowned out by parties, decorations, gift wrapping. So. much. gift. wrapping. And I haven’t even gotten to Christmas yet!
I mean, what if I decided to celebrate Jesus’ birthday during a different time of the year? Or not at all? It’s not commanded that we do it anywhere in the Bible, and we certainly don’t know the real date of his birth. Is God really pleased with our relentless devotion to the Christmas spirit every December? Is my crazy coming on strong yet?
One thing I will never think about giving up is Christmas music. Real Christmas music. Like Mary’s Song of Praise. Her inspired words are the absolute best sentiment I need to focus on daily during this stressful time of year, or any time of year for that matter. Please read Mary’s Song of Praise and remember all that God has done for you, namely send His Son to be our Savior!
Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
If you can make it to the 9 minute mark, you’ll be glad you did: