As the weekend approaches, the reality of Christmas looms closer. While that fact may intimidate those with more shopping left than time, it is a great relief for those who have been aching for this high holiday. Yes, we’re glad to have time off from work, a break from emails and deadlines, and a slower pace. It’s exciting to see family and friends, to exchange gifts, and to enjoy some holiday treats. (Yes, these are a few of my favorite things!)
But the real meaning of Christmas is about how an itinerant infant could turn the world upside down, way back then and today. We adore Baby Jesus far beyond his chubby cheeks and innocent coos because He first loved us and bought our redemption. Not only does the advent of Christ usher into the world the gift of salvation, but God’s work through the Holy Spirit allows us the ongoing unfolding of our sanctification. We are set aside for particular works in this world, not just the world to come. Our purpose, established before our conception, is being carried out day by day because we belong to and have fellowship with the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). In contemporary terms, we have all of the guidance, power, steadfast love, and serenity we need for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).
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Most of all, I pray that you will have a rich and reflective Christmas!
À Votre Santé (“To Your Health”),
Tonya D. Armstrong, Ph.D., M.T.S.