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It’s Christmas

Tue, December 24, 2013 | Author: Jim Hnatiuk

Peace on earth; good will towards men.

Asking if one’s Christmas shopping is done can be more about the Christ Child then most people realize.

An important battle rages to keep “Christ” in Christmas, but step back for a moment and look at the big picture. Something else happens over this season that transcends the different factions in conflict over the meaning of Christmas. Beyond the busy shoppers rushing to and from and the concern that Christmas has become commercialized and has lost its meaning, lays the big picture.

When I look at the big picture, it’s apparent that, regardless of what people believe as far as the meaning of Christmas, most people are inherently compelled to give or do something nice for someone else during this time. The Christmas season seems to stimulate an impulse; a signal from the heart that activates the brain into doing something nice for someone else. As certain as our seasons promise snow in the winter and rain in the spring, Christmas guarantees an almost magical time to “give.”

About 2,014 years ago, the Christ child was born, given as the ultimate gift from our Father in heaven to mankind. At that time, His most holy, powerful, and sacrificial act of giving settled upon the earth and today His Spirit continues to overwhelm the hearts of mankind (knowingly or unknowingly) at Christmas.

Christmas is that time of year when people take time to think about the wellbeing of other people. They think about what to buy for a family member, a friend, or a colleague; what extra they can give to a charity, a mission, or to those in need. It’s that time of year that bonuses are given to deserving employees, office parties are held, and invitations go out to the greater family for Christmas dinner. Yes, businesses certainly try to capitalize on the fever, but they are not the instigators; it’s the buyer’s desire to shop. Why then such a willingness to shop and give?

Many of us can appreciate renowned vocalists, artists, musicians, and brilliant mathematicians, as having a special God given talent, even though they themselves may not appreciate its source nor use it to glorify His name. In the same way his Spirit of giving comes to rest upon the earth during this season and even though many don’t understands its source, they still demonstrate the act of giving.

Most people at that first Christmas, were oblivious to the arrival of the Christ Child; as oblivious as people are today to the reason they are compelled to give so freely at Christmas.

Yes, it may be disheartening to some who may see Christ as being forgotten but, hopefully, this Christmas you will see that Christ has not forgotten mankind. He is in control of what is happening on this earth and He always will be. It is His Spirit that we are witnessing even though most don’t understand it.

On behalf of the Christian Heritage Party, I wish you a blessed Christmas as you celebrate the birth of our dear Saviour.

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