Remember Who We Celebrate

Last week in our staff meeting we had quite the conversation all centered around this commercial.  Have you seen it?  Does it bother you like it does me?

I guess when Christmas is all about us, it changes one's perspective.  It is sentiment like this, that when asked to write an article for local paper, The Molalla Pioneer, I submitted the following.  May we not forget who it is we celebrate this season, as well as the rest of the year.

I love birthday parties.  Always have.  When I was a child my parents would often throw me great big parties and invite all my friends.  I enjoyed the games, the singing and the birthday cake, but what I really loved were the presents!  They were all for me and I loved it!

I have been to many birthday parties over the years.  One thing that has held true of all them is that it is the one being celebrated that receives the gifts.  I have never attended a birthday party expecting to receive gifts from those in attendance.  When I ponder Christmas, the birthday of Jesus, I can't help but wonder, how did we get it all mixed up?

It seems that Christmas has become more about us rather than the One in which we celebrate.  I wonder what it would look like if we instead of focusing on ourselves this Christmas, we focused more on Jesus.

In reading the story of Christ's birth we read of Magi coming to see the newborn Jesus.  What I am struck by is their response to Him.  They came to worship and in their worship they gave to Him.  What if we were to approach our Christmas celebration in like manner?  What if instead of focusing on one another, we in an act of worship, presented gifts to Him?

Giving to Jesus will look different for each of us.  Here are some ideas:
  1. Write letter of love and hope to soldiers away from home.  They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year.
  2. Visit someone in a nursing home.  You don't have to know them personally.  They just need to know that someone cares about them.
  3. Give to a trusted organization that is actively meeting the needs of the poor.
  4. Donate time or goods to a local charity.
  5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
We are told in Matthew 25:31-46 that when we give to those in need, we are actually giving to Jesus.  May we this year discover the joy of giving to the One in which we celebrate, and in doing so demonstrate our love for Him.

Enjoy the birthday party, but remember whom it is for.

Read Molalla Pioneer article here.


Anonymous said...

yes and we mostly completely overlook the advent season wouldnt it me nice to in the quiet celebrate advent and then after the birthday date celebrate the birth we got mixed up when we left out God from every thing round us that He actually created for Himself but that we enjoy remembering for whom we celebrate Kimberly

Anonymous said...

There are alot of commercials that offend me this year, Christmas related or not. Toyota has a string of commercials for their highlander aimed at kids that I find quite offensive. Not just at Christmas time but all throughout the year we need to turn our attention to God and off of ourselves (and the TV ad's too!) - Amy Rohrer

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