Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.
I mean, if I could permanently decorate my life with white twinkle lights, I would.
But this year, aside from the fact that it’s mid December and we’re still having weather in the 60’s, there’s a different feeling in the air.
I don’t need to tell you about the state of the world right now.
The tragedies in Paris, San Bernadino, and Colorado Springs; everything surrounding ISIS; the negativity spewing between presidential candidates. This year’s Christmas season has been marked by an overwhelming blanket of sadness. Of pain.
And I’m not talking, let’s go burn bras, or set fire to the local democratic/republican headquarters.
When I was a kid, probably my most favorite tradition was going to the local nursing home with my friends and singing Christmas carols. We’d get all dolled up and Fa La La our hearts out to the old men and women who were alone on Christmas.
Thinking about it now, it feels like just yesterday: The smiles on the faces of those elderly men and women would always warm my heart. I’d leave and be filled with so much joy. True, deep-down-in-your-soul joy.
And reflecting on it, I can now understand why that was my favorite
tradition. Not because we were the greatest singers, or because we would go out to the Cheesecake Factory afterwards, but because we were sharing love. Sharing hope and gentleness to people who needed it most.
The state of our world right now: people are hurting. And if there’s one thing we can do, it is to share love. Share peace. Hope. Remind people what Christmas is really about.
Proverbs 10:12 “Love covers over all wrongs.”
Sure, singing Christmas carols isn’t going to solve the gun crisis, or bring peace to the Middle East. But it will, even if for just 4 ½ minutes, remind people that there is good in the world. That there is love and hope to be found.
Loving one another doesn’t have to be some grand gesture. Or an expensive one at that.
My challenge to you is this: Find some way to give this Christmas. Give love. Give of your time. Give a meal to a family that is sick or recovering from surgery. Give a coat to the homeless shelter. A smile to the cashier at the grocery store. An extra five bucks to the waitress who’s a single mom, trying to make ends meet.
Little things go a long way. And if we all do little things, they’ll add up to big things.
John 15:12 “My command is this: Love one another as I have loved you.”
We have been shown the greatest example of love there is: Jesus on the Cross. So now it is our turn to share that Love – His love – with the world. And maybe, just maybe, we can turn this Christmas around.