‘Tis the season! Not just the day. Though that day is the one we use to anchor our understanding that our Savior came from Heaven to redeem us all!
We’re people… we use such conceptual anchors, and we love them. It’s why we have birthdays and anniversaries, and why we visit cemeteries on the birthdays of those who have gone before us.
This anniversary though, this particular birthday, called Christmas, is unique. All those who understand the role that the Christ child has in our lives, and the role that the murdered and resurrected Christ has, understand why we celebrate this birthday.
We all say a final good-bye to loved ones; generally it’s the young paying last respects to the older, but not always. When we say that farewell, we have faith that there’s a sotto voce “for now” at the end of it. And we know further that we can say those tiny, quiet, but monumental two words thanks to… Jesus Christ.
Losing our loved ones breaks our hearts; knowing that we’ll see them again in the fullness of time, allows us to heal… even to heal with joy.
Before I had hit 40 years old, I’d lost all my grandparents, my dad, my brother and my son. I’ve known loss. But I know that I’ll see all those people again. All the regrets I’ve had — that I didn’t say or do this or that with him or her — all that fades to insignificance when I realize that I’ll see these people again, and I’ll be able to say, “I’m sorry.” Or, “Thank you.” Or, “I love you.”
At which point, each of them will laugh and say, “None of those regrets is important now and, in retrospect, it wasn’t really even important then either. What’s important is that we’re all together now, here, with God.”
Jesus the Christ, the Savior, the Redeemer, the only perfect man, the man who was and is who we all could have been, if we hadn’t sinned, has made eternal happiness possible, for every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth. No exceptions.
I guess it might be a good idea to wish Him a happy birthday, eh? And to reflect on what the pithy phrase: “He is the reason for the season” really means.
My colleagues here at the Praetorian Writers’ Group, and I, wish to each and every one of you a happy, healthy, sweet, love-, laughter-, family-, happiness-, gratitude-, hope-, whimsy-filled, carefree Christmas, and holiday season. We hope also that those sweet feelings will stay with you and yours throughout the year, until you get next year’s booster, next December, and the next, and the next… and many, many more.
Furthermore, we all wish you ever greater and increasing prosperity in your life, along with ever growing wisdom in how to use that increased well-being. And we wish you a lifting of all the burdens of your life; of guilt, of pain, of regret, loneliness, sorrow, bitterness, hatred, grief, heartbreak, anguish, sadness. May all these things be replaced by peace.
Lastly, we wish you real peace; the peace that passeth all understanding. We wish you the serenity that comes with knowing His love and His gift of eternal salvation, His gift of eternal, perfect joy.
And many, many more.