Say the word “Christmas” and tell me the first thought that pops into your head. Was it trees, giving, Santa Claus, season, children? If so, do not feel alone. Our culture has changed. What once used to be a sacred, solemn, Christian celebration has turned into a lack-luster “religious” time where merchants cash in on seasonal profits.
We have taken Christ out of Christmas by choice. The baby Jesus, born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes, probably the most humble of beginnings for a king, ranks low on the list when it comes to the focal point of this celebratory time. Santa Claus, decoration contests, and credit card debt have taken the place of giving thanks for the greatest gift ever given – God, in the form of man (Philippians 2:5-7, KJV).
Thank God, there is always hope! We can make the decision to make this Christmas Christ-centered. Is it wrong to give gifts? No way! Give them in the spirit of God giving us the Savior of the world. Decorate as though you were preparing for the King’s arrival. Last and most important, consider Jesus. Truth is truth. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV). This is without a doubt the greatest gift ever given.
Have a blessed, Christ-centered Christmas and feel free to share in the comments section. And if you or someone you know is disabled and has travel plans this holiday season call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy of our brochure “The Disabled Traveler” and thank you for supporting Mays Mission for the Handicapped as we go into our 50th year of service to the disabled.