Christmas is…

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas means more than tinsel or snow or sleigh bells or glittering gifts on Christmas trees.

Christmas means forgetting self and re­membering those who have no Christmas. It means leaving our little heavens as Jesus left His big heaven to visit those who need help and who need to hear a message of peace and hope and cheer.

Christmas means the bright eyes of little children made glad by a demonstration of unselfish love. Christmas means revived hope in the hearts of fathers and mothers who may have lost hope of giving their children a merry Christmas until a good Samaritan came along with a gift of food.

Christmas means that a hard, cruel, self­ish, war-weary world looks for a brief time into the face of God. It looks into a manger and sees the face of a little Babe. It sees a fleeting vision of what a little Babe can do to make a better world. It hears for a mo­ment the song of the angels singing: "On earth peace, good will toward men."

It sees the miser's clutched hand relax for a day as a little flash of light from heaven shines into his darkened soul. It sees businessmen forget the profit they planned to get and begin to plan to give.

And how many suddenly discover that we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give! Christmas helps many people begin to live!

No, Christmas is not in the snow or the tinseled tree or even in the gifts we send. It is in the spirit of love; it is in the Spirit of God walking abroad in the land. It is the only time of the year that some hearts open to let Him in.