Here we are again, the most celebrated days the world has ever known. How will you celebrate this year? Will tradition dictate the majority of your Christmas season? Traditions are an important part of our lives. And they can be helpful in providing structure and consistency to how we worship God or celebrate events.
It is, however, important to recognize that traditions can also be substitutes for life giving encounters. They can become stale and even lose their meaning as years go by and audiences change. They can even become outdated or irrelevant. None of us want things in life that have become stale.
A New Tradition
That being so, I would like to invite you to consider adding something new to your Christmas practice. I invite you to utilize our book, “The Wonder of Christmas, A Fresh Look at the Story of Christmas”, to generate new appreciation for the birth of the Savior. First, It offers a way for you to ensure you are reading the story in its entirety. It also helps you to consider the most amazing set of circumstances you may ever experience. Circumstances that ushered into our world the One who would provide forgiveness for sin, and the promise of eternal life.
I both invite and encourage you to guard your time and not allow the busyness of these days swallow up your hours. For I don’t want you to miss the Reason we focus our hearts on what God has done by providing us a Savior.
Prioritizing God Over Tradition
In Matthew chapter 15, Jesus said some very direct things in response to the question about why his disciples were breaking some of the traditions of the elders. In this case, washing their hands before they ate. Jesus’ response was pointed. He said, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?” (Matthew 15:3, NIV).
Friends, without delving into a deep theological discussion on this passage, could we just say or pray this prayer? “Lord, help me to make this Christmas what You would want it to be about. For myself, my family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers to whom You may lead me.”
I also invite you to listen into the corresponding podcast to this blog, for a discussion on the first half of “The Wonder of Christmas”. Our desire is that this greatest of love stories creates renewed joy for you this season.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV).