A Light Has Shined

What is it about Christmas that conjures up a warm fuzzy feeling, yet at the same time creates anxiety at the thought of everything that needs to be done? Our parent’s generation embraced what they called the most wonderful time of the year with seemingly little effort. That of course comes from a child’s perspective.

People today seem more stressed and triggered by Christmas than ever. The year 2020 brings another variable into the equation. Will we be permitted to meet in churches normally packed to capacity for the biggest holiday on the calendar?

Christmas seems abnormal without the gatherings we have come to treasure. Can we enjoy the holidays without them?

Undoubtedly. Customary festivities recede into the mundane when we focus on a singular event in mankind’s history. Isaiah’s prophesied the day we now call Christmas some 2,700 years ago.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”

This solitary fact—that the Light of the world entered our human experience more than 2,000 years ago—is the foundation for celebrating Christmas (cf. Lk. 2). The Western world acknowledges the one holiday associated with Jesus Christ’s birth on the 25th of December. In this day of “cancel culture,” it’s crucial to celebrate.

From Thanksgiving Day until Epiphany on January 6th, our home will be filled with the aroma of fruitcake, cookies and homemade candy. And every year, I feel nostalgic about Christmas past, especially those in the 60s.

We don’t need the trappings, however. They are optional. I’m not suggesting we throw everything away. But, our activities should always lead us to the real reason for the season.

Enjoy the lights, indulge in the goodies and cherish your memories, but take a fresh look at the Bible narrative. When we focus our minds and hearts on the Word of God, the Light of Christmas shines brightly!

P.S. My Devotions for Christmas will be available daily throughout the month of December on the Olive Tree Alliance and Charles E. McCracken Ministries websites. I hope you’ll be encouraged. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year!


1) Christmas Candlelight. (Images used for illustrative purposes) (Image credit: Pixabay/Enhancement, MKM Portfolios)

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