A few people I’ve talked with tell me Christmas doesn’t feel the same this year with the pandemic and all! They’re not exactly depressed but certainly in a more somber mood.
Perhaps it’s because all the things they’re used to doing to make the season merry and bright have been halted, redirected, or postponed. (I guess the Hallmark Christmas movies airing since October and the online shopping ads just aren’t doing it for them!)
Believe me, I get it! Year 2020 has been unusual for sure. Still, Christmas is still Christmas if you look at it from a different perspective--God’s perspective! I think it’s time to add Christmas Reality to our long list of New Normals! Christmas is and always has been about the Birth of Jesus Christ –not all that frivolity, stress, and commercialism we’ve become used to.
For me there’s no better way to do that than to celebrate the first Pandemic Christmas of our lifetime in song. Something the Apostle Paul says we should be doing everyday!
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...(Ephesians 5:18-20)
I hope you have some of these favorites on your Christmas play list. If you do, when they queue up consider these sentiments my personal gift to you and a sincere wish for our nation:
🎵 SILENT NIGHT🎵
...all is calm, all is bright..
🎁 - With 24 hour bad news bombarding our minds in regard to the election, coronavirus, and rioting, my gift to you is a time of quiet and reverent reflection. Take a break from the general discord of the world. Step out on your deck, breathe in the cool crisp air and thank God for the peace that He promises to bring if we would only look to Him!
UNTIL NEXT TIME...