Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Thanksgiving (Two Holidays In One!)

All day long I have been struggling with selfish thoughts about this Christmas season and after many attempts to get my attention, the Lord finally got through my stubborn walls. Why am I so concerned with how Christmas is going to be spent this year when I know that the reason we have Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Christ, only to eventually celebrate His death? He lived perfectly. I was thinking about it and His parents must have LOVED Him. Obeying everything they said... Man!!! The perfect child! ;) No, but seriously, how could even a child be perfect? He did it.

I wasn't going to do this, but I feel like I have to in order to get my point across.

America has made Christmas something that is so far from it's true meaning. I am not talking about the shopping and santa aspects, but the whole family-get-together shin-dig. Don't get me wrong, I do love it. But it has pretty much become "The reason for the season". My mom, as you know, died in June this year and I have been dreading Christmas ever since. Today I was so consumed with thoughts like "She won't be here" and "She made Christmas what it is.." that I lost sight of Jesus, on His throne. I know that most of you are thinking "It's understandable..." but what is there to understand about a hindrance? Focusing on how my mom is no longer with us has been blurring my view of who Christ is. He has SAVED HER! What is there to be upset about? No, I won't have her physically here with me tomorrow or ever again in this life, but the day I die, I will see her again and together we will worship the Lord Almighty in spirit and in truth!

I rejoice this Christmas. Jesus was born and died to save my mom. I am thankful!


Jacob said...

That is a really good perspective to have. You are right that many people make Christmas out to be about family, when it should be about Christ. As long as you have Christ, you're Christmas will be perfect. I'm proud of you for seeing things that way (haha that sounded lame).

aprilmclean said...

hahaha That's not lame. Thanks! :)