We have just gone through the Advent and Christmas Seasons and hopefully each of us and our families were dramatically changed by the experience. All too often we can get caught up in the commercialization of the weeks leading up to Christmas and neglect the real reason for the season. Hopefully, each of us have placed our emphasis on the spiritual aspects and spent quality time celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
The Advent and Christmas season makes it very clear how important it is to keep our focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately many of us – and I am in that company – may have spent most of our time either at work or engaged in other activities of a secular nature. Advent is a time for preparation for the coming of the Lord Jesus – the Christ – and it’s a most special time for us. The birth of Jesus in humble surroundings gave hope and joy in the midst of sorrow, dismay and drudgery, all a part of everyday life in those days. It sounds very much like life in the fast lane of our times.
I recommended to everybody in my law firm that they read the second chapter of the Book of Luke and reflect on what it says and the meaning for us. Luke teaches us to reclaim the joy of the birth of our Lord and Savior. We say today that the birth of Jesus has changed the world but do we really believe that to be true? Sometimes – based on our actions or reactions – it doesn’t seem like we really do. There can be little worse than hypocrisy for a Christian. We must do more than just talk about Jesus, we must walk the walk daily. Advent and Christmas are times when we should be concentrating on being more like Jesus and less like the secular world. I recommend that you try it and see what happens as we enter the New Year. The true joy of Christmas should carry over into the New Year and that is the hope that is guaranteed to those who truly believe.
We closed our law firm at noon on Dec. 23 and didn’t open back up until Dec. 28. We wanted all of our lawyers and staff to have some well-deserved time off from work and to have more time with their families.
I wish for each of you and your family a happy, prosperous and blessed New Year. Hopefully, we will see some real constructive changes in 2016 that will bring the American people together for the common good. God bless!
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