Remember the True Meaning of Christmas

12.08.09 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[1]

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Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is in the rear view mirror, and Christmas is straight ahead. Unfortunately, for many people the holiday season is one big rat race. All too often the Christmas season is a materialistic and paganistic feeding frenzy which results in lots of people going bananas. You see it in their faces -- anger, exasperation, exhaustion, anxiety, frustration, sadness, and even depression.

It's important to remember that the true meaning of Christmas is not in the crass materialism that surrounds us but in the spirituality and joy of the season. It's important to keep Christ in Christmas by celebrating the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, celebrating family and friends, and praying for goodwill and peace on earth.

A true expression of the Christmas spirit is to reach out to those in need -- an elderly neighbor, those who are sick, those who are dying, those who are grieving, those who are depressed, the mentally distraught, the hungry, and all of those who have lost their jobs.

To all of my readers, I hope this holiday season is one of great happiness, unbounded exuberance, and boundless joy that comes from reaching out and helping others. I'm also hoping that during this Christmas season countless people come to discover and treasure the Gospel, the love of Jesus Christ, and the hope of eternal salvation. Discovering Christ and embracing Christianity is the best Christmas gift of all.

Let's keep Christ in Christmas and God bless each and every one of you.

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on 12.09.09 Jack Roberts commented

Thanks for the reminder of why we celebrate Christmas. Sometimes Christians are more guilty than non-Christians when it comes to making the holiday materialistic. Why can't we just stop, be still, and reflect on the season of advent