Let your light shine

Christmas is upon us, it comes every year and for many of us, there are traditions that we choose to keep regardless of what may be happening in the world around us. The economy and the internet may change the way we shop, but for those of us who are celebrating Christmas because it is the birth of Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter if there are presents or not. Christmas is going to happen and it is something to celebrate.

The God who created the universe and everything in it chose to come to earth in the form of a newborn baby. He chose to become one of us to save us and bring us into a relationship with Him. That is indeed something to celebrate and it doesn’t matter how we celebrate it or how many presents we have under the tree. It happened, it’s a done deal and all we need to do is celebrate it!

One of the things that I have noticed about Christmas is how the world comes to a standstill for a day. It is almost as if the world is in awe of the event. Regardless of whether you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, rose from the dead and will come to earth again or not, you have to admit that He did change the entire world. His presence on earth changed the calendar, His presence on earth has sent a ripple around the world as His followers chose to celebrate His precious birth and shared their joy with others.

You may call it a “happy holiday” or whatever you want to call it, but you can’t change the fact that Christ was born and His birth changed things on earth forever.

It’s easy to get caught up in the gift-giving and receiving, in the family visits and the time off work and forget what it is we are celebrating. That is why one of my favorite traditions is the Christmas Eve Candlelight service. It helps me put my focus on Christ, the reason for the season. It helps me realize exactly what it is I’m celebrating. The humble birth of Christ and the story of his birth taken from scripture is a must-read for Christians as we prepare again for his arrival.

When we light our candles at church on Christmas Eve, we are again proclaiming His birth just as the angels did more than 2,000 years ago. The light of the world came into the world and it will never be the same. Merry Christmas, let your light shine!