Yes, yes, we KNOW. There are still a few more holidays before we get to Christmas. But let’s be real, as followers of Jesus it is kind of a big deal for us, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, the culture we live in places some pretty heavy expectations on us and what the holiday should be. So, if the thought of Christmas has you feeling less than “jolly”, you aren’t alone. But what can we do?
Now hold on, I don’t necessarily mean Christmas music. (Although, if you are one of those people who can’t get enough of Christmas, then go for it!) Over and over the Bible tells us that when we worship joy will follow. So the next time you are feeling less than excited for the holiday season stop and remind yourself what it is all about:
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:4-12
Then, worship. Put on your favorite praise song or hymn, hum, sing, read your favorite psalm, dance, join the Christmas Choir, meditate on the Lord, come for worship. If you do, the Bible promises joy will follow. So, Come let us adore Him!