Hubby took the kids and my plan was to get the house decorated. And then clean up the apparent Christmas bomb that always seems to blow the weekend after Thanksgiving. I turned up the Christmas music and got to work. I LOVE Christmas. The lights. The meaning. The music. For those that don’t know me personally, it is all I can do to keep Christmas music at bay until September. I’ve been known to play a jingle or two in July just to get a “fix.” There is something magical about the holiday season. The anticipation of decorating, celebration of Christ’s birth, family and let’s be honest, the presents are pretty great, too. It is almost unbearable for kids and adults alike.
Because I had the house to myself, I seemed to hear the music more; the meaning and mission behind it.
Then this happened….
Haul out the holly; put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas right this very minute, Candles in the window, carols at the spinet. Yes, we need a little Christmas right this very minute. It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry; So climb down the chimney; put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen. Slice up the fruitcake; it’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough. For I’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder, grown a little sadder, grown a little older, And I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now.
Something began to burn inside of me as I sang these words, “For we need a little Christmas right this very minute.” What does that mean? Well for me in meant a halt on my decorating and a search for the lyrics of this famous Christmas song.
I believe the writer of this song was on to something. Granted, the mention of Santa sends out the commercial message that is so familiar this time of year. But the rest of the song quietly echoes what this season is truly about. Follow me…
Haul out the holly; put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Give me a reason to find
Luke 2:10 - But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas right this very minute, candles in the window, carols at the spinet. Yes, we need a little Christmas right this very minute.
We want to RUSH into the “feeling” of Christmas because it is a season of
Luke 2:15 – 16 - When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry; so climb down the chimney; put up the brightest string of lights I’ve ever seen.
We want it all … a Counselor, a Mighty Warrior, a caring Father. Not Santa. What we want is
Isaiah 9:2-6 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Slice up the fruitcake; it’s time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough.
Fruitcake is gross and I’m not crazy about the tinsel that weaves its way into the carpet and seems to last all year through. I think I could do without both, in my opinion.
For I’ve grown a little leaner, grown a little colder, grown a little sadder, grown a little older, and I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder, need a little Christmas now.
All year we’ve been working hard, enduring life’s challenges, fighting for justice, hoping for breakthrough or even just a break, failing and thriving. And where has it left us? Leaner. Colder. Sadder. Older. Oh, how we need something to lift our spirits; something to cause us to go on another year. And God, in his infinite wisdom answered our deepest need.
A baby entered the world in a most humble state and with him came the
JOY, HOPE, PEACE, and
Luke 2:8-14 – That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
I pray that you, this Christmas season, find Jesus to be the best gift of all. And as you approach the end of this beloved year may you find that Jesus will be your reason to go on another year.