The news isn’t slowing down and neither are days until Christmas. There is so much divisiveness this year with the government shutdown, policy arguments consuming much of the news, and an election season upon us once again. Despite all of this, we must sit back and remember what Christmas is all about.

Christmas has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. So many of us associate Christmas as time off from work, school, or other priorities. We think of trees wrapped in lights, crinkly wrapping paper, and gifts that we’ve been anticipating since giving out a list of things we need or want but won’t buy for ourselves.

Christmas is so much more than that. It’s about this man named Jesus. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He only died for the sins of everyone during his present and the future.

I truly believe we’ve all forgotten what it’s all about, even me. It’s not about the expensive makeup you’ve been wanting or the current bag that everyone on your college campus has, but you can’t get unless you’re gifted it on Christmas morning. It’s about the birth of a beautiful boy in a manger to a virgin mother named Mary.

In case you don’t know the story, I will help you but in modern language and probably not as eloquent as the Bible can. Mary and Joseph are set to be wed but one night, an angel named Gabriel visits Mary telling her that she will give birth to a son that she should name Jesus. He will be the Son of God who will spend His life serving the Lord and spreading his message. Now pregnant, Mary has to explain this immaculate conception to Joseph who thankfully understands.

Months and months later, Mary and Joseph are traveling back to Bethlehem for the census that the Romans began to require. Upon their arrival in Bethlehem, there is no where to stay. No places to stay, not even a room at a inn, they had to stay in a stable that the innkeeper offered to them as he could see Mary was very pregnant.

Arriving at the manger, animals sleeping on the quiet night, Mary goes into labor. Born to us is the sweet baby Jesus who would go on to save many eternal lives, including my own. Shepherds in the fields nearby were visited by the angel Gabriel and told of Jesus’ birth. Also at this time, three wise men saw a bright star in the sky, indicating to them that something special had happened. King Herod sent the three wise men out to find Jesus and they did beneath the star; arriving with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They knelt and worshiped the new born King. The three wise men didn’t tell King Herod of what they saw because they knew Herod had ill intentions.

That’s only where our journey with Jesus begins and it’s what we’re meant to be celebrating. The beauty of our life, our family, our friends, and even the kindness we are meant to show others as Jesus taught us to.   

Don’t let the divisiveness consume you or the the meaning of Christmas. Come together, worship, and pray to God thanking him for sending us Jesus. For He is the reason for the season.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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