Hope for the Holiday
Pastor Bob Paquet
Holiday gifts, holiday wrapping, holiday tree,
shopping, holiday meals, holiday visitors, holiday travel, holiday
service, holiday decorating, holiday visiting, holiday cards, holiday
mailings, holiday giving.....Happy Holidays!
Somehow we have been duped into forgetting the whole purpose of
holiday. In fact great effort has been expended to avoid using the name
holiday lest anyone be offended. Many are
deceived by advertisements, TV programs, friends and neighbors into
guilty because they can’t provide or do all the “things” that are
the world. After all is said and done the only thing left to show for
“stressday” is a credit card bill. Dictionery.com defines holiday as a
from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which
the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate
a particular event; a religious feast day; a holy day. In the
the present worldly holiday the date of December 25th comes from Rome
and was a celebration of the Italic god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the
god. Variations of this pagan
throughout the first few centuries after Jesus Christ, but it probably
until 336 AD that Emperor Constantine officially converted this pagan
into the "Christian" holiday of Christmas. It would be less stressful
if we considered what we are really celebrating – the birth of Christ,
Messiah – Jesus the redeemer, the savior, God became man that we might
life. Have you considered giving real gifts to those you love and
appreciate? Gifts like love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
examples might be: spending quality time with your spouse, children,
and relatives - listening to them, encouraging them, playing games with
hugging them, complimenting them, getting to really know them, calling
sending a note you actually wrote rather than a preprinted card. These
cost so little but mean so much and they don’t end up in a garage sale.
today’s society the celebration of this “holiday” is anything but
leisure – it
has become a time of guilt and depression for many because we have
to be taken over by the world. So this
Christmas try creating memories of love – try celebrating the birth of
and Savior, Jesus Christ. Chances are
you will discover real joy of Christmas.
What if the bible is true?
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