I received a Christmas card – well I think it was meant to be a Christmas card – from my Member of Parliament yesterday. Here is what it said on the inside:
the Tradition of Giving.
the Beauty of the Season and a New Year of Peace and Happiness.
Wow! Now, what did that just say? Absolutely nothing!
The tradition of giving for most today means going further into debt and ending up with a greater financial burden as a new year begins. It means buying gifts for people who already have more than they need and who will probably not appreciate the time, effort, and money that you invested in the gift. It means … Well, you get my drift.
The beauty of the season – and what is beautiful about ice on the roads and dirty snow lying on the ground? Where is the beauty in crowded shopping malls filled with unhappy people pushing and shoving to get their Christmas shopping accomplished so they can go home? What is beautiful about rushing from one concert to another and watching or suffering through another event (which is how most people look at these events)? What is beautiful watching people line up to purchase a lottery ticket hoping to win the big one at this time of year? Or getting drunk at the Christmas party at work?
And a new year of peace and happiness. Now, there is a great wish. But then wishing never gets you anywhere. And, what are we doing as individuals to bring peace to people? What about the Prince of Peace – Jesus? Are we sharing Jesus? Does the MP sending me the seasonal card even know Jesus? And happiness – why does everyone in North America seem to think that happiness should be a given when 95+% of the world strive and struggle to just feed their families and survive another day? God never promised us happiness!
So, I get this card from my Member of Parliament who has never visited with me or even spoken to me. It has this vague phrasing that really says nothing and means nothing and I simply want to say “Bah, humbug” but then I am not sure that ancient phrase from a very old novel and movie really speaks to anyone either any more.
So, this season may you come to personally know the living Lord and Savior who was born on that first Christmas Day in Bethlehem of Judea. May you know the peace that passes all human comprehension – a peace that comes only through having a daily and dynamic personal relationship with the Living Lord Jesus. May you find peace with God through being born again and the peace of God as you receive His love, acceptance and forgiveness on a daily basis. May you be a blessing to others who do not know Him by introducing them to Him. May you share your abundant wealth with those who have little to nothing and will not be celebrating anything special this year but who are simply struggling to make it through another day. May you truly celebrate the One who said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and celebrate it in a way that is pleasing to Him.