the weary world rejoices.
Let the first season that I am officially unimpressed with commercial Christmas commence!
I’m sick of songs about nicely wrapped presents. I’m sick of wanting the sparkliest dress to go to fancy cocktail parties. I’m sick of feeling this pressure to buy new clothes or earrings or toys or fancy wine accessories for the people in my life that already have so much. It’s not that I don’t love pretty wrapping paper or buying something fun for my mom because I thought about her, it’s the PRESSURE.
Upon realizing my distain for Christmas pressure, God has been revealing the sweetest things to me this season. He has opened up my eyes to people that really NEED gifts.
He has shown me the widowed mother that has to spend this time missing her spouse and answering tough questions from her children. He has shown me the neighbor who has had cancer in their body and doesn’t have family in this city and just really needs someone there for them. He has shown me the blind man that just wants someone to talk to him in front of Starbucks. He has shown me the neighbor that needs gas money to get home to see family.
He has shown me JESUS.
This is a time when we think on how the Lord fulfilled his promises to us in the Old Testament by bringing this sweet baby to save us of our sins. It’s a time to remember how terrified King Herod was that the promises were going to be brought to fruition. (That is HISTORY, not fable.) It’s a time to remember that Jesus was born (ALSO HISTORY!). It’s a time we remember WHY He sent a sweet baby. It’s a time to remember that I get to live like He sent a sweet baby.
I still enjoy the season. The trimmed trees, songs about snow, I even love beautifully wrapped presents. But take. that. pressure. away from me. I don’t want it. I don’t have room for it while I look for the needs of others and enjoy my God for sending His sweet savior to rescue a sinner like me.
Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for youfrom the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 Andthe King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”-Mark 25:34-40
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” -Luke 14:12-14