Children get very excited about Christmas. As soon as the tree went up in our house when we were children and presents began to appear I remember we would shake, peek and stretch paper tightly sometimes so much that we left tell tale tears all in an attempt to see through! I remember very well going on searching missions in all the dark corners of the house for hidden gifts and often saw what we were getting well before the big day. We just didn’t want to wait for Christmas to arrive. These days I enjoy the waiting of Advent far more and tire of people counting down to the big day, and missing the powerful and necessary lessons of Advent, of waiting and seeking hope. Indeed as I have had children of my own Christmas morning has meant piles of ripped up paper and empty boxes which often leave me feeling sad. Not that we have brought the latest toy and our daughter is playing with a cardboard box, but that finally “It’s over.” Soon decorations will get put away and the house will feel so empty and January’s cold will put a depressing hold on our hearts. I think many people feel like this and that’s one of the reasons why the song ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ has been so popular for so long. Not I wish we could have endless shopping days to spend money we haven’t earned yet, certainly not lets try and create the perfect day all the time, but that the spirit of Christmas could be ours every day; that spirit we all know so well of waiting for hope, of expectation, excitement, wonder, joy, blessing and peace.
Part of the problem is I think that we expect too much of Christmas and not enough from Christ. It’s said if you take
Christ out of Christmas all you are left with is M & S! Yet we do and then wonder why it feels so hollow.
Christmas cannot deliver all our heart’s desires, but Jesus can. What have been your expectations of Christmas? What
kind of fears grip you for 2013? Christ can deliver a holiday that never fades away and doesn’t get boxed up and stored, but instead applies healing to your life directly in the places where you hurt. A relationship that sets you free. A hope that burns bright in the waiting of Advent and the promise of Spring to come.
Would you like to have something to celebrate every day? Invite Jesus in, and you’ll see what I mean.