Morning. The sun is still not up on a midweek January morning, almost February. One thing that I have noticed as I drive around suburban Washington D. C. is that it is not uncommon to see houses or even stores that are still decorated with Christmas decorations.
We have to acknowledge that there are a great number of people who honor the tradition of Advent. Is this tradition, the celebration of Christmas goes on for several weeks. However, I believe there is something else going on here.
I found myself listening to Christmas Hymns just this past week. It was exciting. I got to celebrate the birth of Jesus without the responsibilities of culture. No presents, no shopping, no advertisements. Just Jesus.
Frankly, I don’t have a problem with Christmas shopping. In fact, I think the economic activity that comes with Christmas is appropriate. In the United States, we can measure our priorities with our dollars. If it is important, we spend money. In this case, Christmas is a significant percentage of our retail economy. It seems then, that from a market perspective, Christmas is important.
But after Christmas, I am not shopping. I am simply worshipping. Now, I can focus on the person of Jesus. Jesus is not waiting on our presents, or Wise Men, or shepherds. Jesus is waiting on a relationship with us.
A relationship with Jesus is constant. Relationship is not just for a certain time of year. Jesus is with us wherever we are or wherever we go. As we go on our way, this morning. All of us.
If you a commuter, who wears construction boots, and your lunch under your arm. Or a commuter with a computer bag, and a smartphone. If you are that woman with two jobs, one at night, and one during the day. Taking a brief nap early in the morning, before you head off to your “day job”. A jogger, or a dog walker, concerned about your day, or even your future. If you are that sailor, with your dress uniform, and your “sea bag”.
Whoever you are. Jesus is looking to be a constant companion. Not just a Holiday.
John 15:13-15 (KJV) 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Before we get to the next Christmas season, fulfill the purpose of this season. Accept Jesus into your life. “Jesus is the Reason”. Let Him be your reason.
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