HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Friday, December 25 - Christmas
Max Lopez, College Student at Roswell Presbyterian Church and a member of the Confirmation Class of 2009
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us once again. As the days get shorter, and the wind's bite harsher, we draw closer to one another to remember the birth of our Savior (as well as for some extra heat). Christmas means a lot of different things to everyone. For some it's a time of forgiveness and reconciliation; for others it's a time to re-center on what is truly important.
While everyone is running around preparing for all the ritual revolving around December 25th, I can't help but be overrun with joy. It's not just the upbeat Christmas music that I assault everyone in shouting distance with, or the decorations that I grew up with conjuring up an assortment of blissful childhood memories, or even knowing that I get to come home to have my family deal with my post-finals "what am I doing with my life" stress-induced panic attacks. All of those things make me incredibly excited for the season, but one thing I always come back to this time of year that sends me into joy induced dithyrambs; the reason for the season ladies and gentleman: Jesus' entrance into the earthly plane.
One thing I said to the ryeX students a lot this past summer was, "The only reason some people aren't excited, and freaking out, losing their minds when you talk about Jesus is because they don't understand exactly what you're telling them." The second Jesus entered this world, humanity was set on a path toward salvation, and it all started with this little baby resting in a manger. How can we not be overflowing with joy when we think about how it all began? It's hard for me to just think of Christmas as a celebration of Jesus' birth. Along with his birth came promises of eternal life for those who would walk with him, a hope for lives better lived walking with one another next to him, and the series of events that occurred that eventually brought together the communities that worship him today.
So as we go forward into the stresses that come along with secular Christmas time, take a moment here and there to allow yourself to fully succumb to joy. Sing a little, dance a lot, and praise him like no one is watching. Merry Christmas and God bless.
Precious Lord, may we fully succumb to joy this day and every day. Amen