“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
― Bob Hope
“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ”
― Mary Ellen Chase
Christmas is ultimately a date on the calendar, December 25th, that comes along once a year. And yes, it’s a hugely important day in the Christian calendar, but it’s a day nonetheless. Perhaps what we need to begin considering as the church today is what happens on December 26th.
We all ramp up for Christmas and the holiday season in our own different ways. In the church at Linworth, it’s trying to get ready for four Christmas Eve services! (One of which we hope you’ll attend!) For families, it’s rushing to get travel arrangements made so we can get together with our loved ones. Maybe we’re even thinking of work as well and making sure everything is squared away for the holiday break.
But what about December 26th?
Once we get through this season, we might take a deep breath, and say a prayer of thanksgiving that we have a break from Christmas! But doesn’t that betray the meaning of the holiday itself? I love the above quote – Christmas is not a date, it’s a state of mind. As we spoke about in yesterday’s devotional, the meaning of Christmas is God’s love coming to us through Jesus Christ and us sharing that love. And that’s something that can’t be defined to one circled date on the calendar. Christmas is much more than that – it’s the spirit of God’s love and the hope of salvation