The holiday season, which now is in full swing, can be viewed in several ways. The most evident to each of us is the commercialization of Thanksgiving and Christmas. During this time of year, we are bombarded with all sorts of marketing ploys on a daily basis. In fact, the term “Black Friday” has become one that we hear during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving much more than we hear the term “thankful.” Frankly, I would prefer another descriptive term for the biggest shopping day of the year. Black is not exactly a word that denotes happiness or good cheer. But that day is an important time for retail merchants and that’s a good thing. But there is much more to the holidays and that also is a very good thing. This time of year should lead us to reflect on that which is truly important and lasting.
The holiday season is a time for families to get together and have quality time. That is very important, especially when many families are separated during the year, living in different parts of the country. There is nothing like having all of the children and grandchildren home for the holidays. I can attest to that for certain.
Unfortunately, some families, for various and sundry reasons, find the holidays to be a difficult time for them. They are searching for relief because of their circumstances. Those situations give us the opportunity to be an encourager. We should find ways to help others during this time of the year. Just a word of encouragement to a person who is down and depressed could change that person’s life.
We should all be thankful for the many blessings that we have had this year. Sometimes we take our blessings for granted, and while that’s a natural thing, it’s not a good thing. To have a good family situation is truly a blessing for those who fall in that category. To have good friends is a definite blessing. Another blessing is good health and obviously that is very important. To have a job is a blessing and to enjoy working at that job is a double-blessing. You can count many more blessings of all sorts.
However, as mentioned above, there are many of us who are facing some sort of difficulty and we may be having a hard time finding that difficulty to be a blessing. But we must find a way to deal with any sort of problem or adversity that we face. Fortunately, there is a proven way and one that is readily available to us.
The most important thing for each of us during the holidays is to focus on the source of all of our blessings. We must be thankful that there is a God of mercy and grace who loves us and who is available to us regardless of our circumstance. God is our strength and we must recognize and acknowledge that reality. We must simply take advantage of all that He has promised. Remember, God always delivers on His promises and that’s really good news. But at the same time, we must be patient and not try to speed things up, which I am prone to do. God’s timing and ours may not always be the same.
But in any event, our real focus during the Advent Season must be on the birth of Jesus. Without any doubt, Jesus is the answer to whatever we face or whatever comes our way. That’s the good news during the holiday season for each of us.
I wish for each of you a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May God bless you all!
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