Merry Christmas! Love is the Thing!

loveWhat is Christmas really all about? Fiona shares how love is more than just an emotion. Merry Christmas!

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)

Merry Christmas. Christmas can bring with it feelings of excitement or dread, joy or sadness depending on how you will be celebrating Christmas today. Those of us who deal with chronic illness can find Christmas a stressful time of year–too much activity expected of us; family who don’t understand; a time of grief or loss.

It may bring many memories of happier times when things were different.

Our pastor shared a quote with us this week, by Pam Brown:

“We expect too much of Christmas. It’s got to be magical. It’s got to be right. Feasting. Fun. The perfect present. All that anticipation. Take it easy. Love’s the thing! The rest is tinsel.”

How true.

It made me think about something a friend of mine has been saying this Christmas season. She wishes that we could just celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior at some other time and let everyone else have Christmas as it’s become. It can be so commercial, so much about presents, food, and excess in lots of ways.

Christ wasn’t born on December 25th after all. How good would it be to just celebrate the birth of our Savior as just that–without the hassle and stress that Christmas can sometimes bring? I can see her point.

Love is what’s important–the amazing love God showed us when He sent His son to earth as that tiny baby.

Because of illness, Christmas may no longer be able to be about all that is “magical” in some people’s eyes–but it can still be about love–love for God who sent His son, and love for others. We can love from wherever we are, however we feel.

Prayer: Father God, help us this Christmas, to focus on what is important and not be distracted by the trimmings of Christmas, or the feelings of loss we might feel. May we be grateful for the gift of Your son and the difference that makes to every day of our lives. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She prays that Christmas may be a time of love for each of you this year. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.

Do you long to have love as the center of your Christmas celebrations, yet find it overshadowed by other things? What will you do to change that in your family?

Wishing you a blessed Christmas. I know it may not feel “merry” but we are all blessed because of the gift of God, His son. Enjoy this video “When Love Was Born” with Mark Schultz. Beautiful. This is what it is all about–the amazing gift of His Son and our Savior. -Lisa