It’s enough that in this politically correct world that we live in today we are told to say “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greeting” but “Happy Xmas” is the one that gets me started! I’ve racked my brain trying to find another holiday on the calendar that get an abbreviation so severe. Granted, Saint Patrick’s Day is called “St. Pat’s” and Thanksgiving is known to be referred to as “Turkey Day”. Yet, crossing out Christ just isn’t acceptable.
In a world where we are told to be accepting and tolerant of all beliefs and opinions there is still one group that is fair game – Bible Based Christians! Yes, there is still much work to be done with respect to race relations. Nobody can ignore the fact that the black community in America is under attack. Because it’s in the news! But anti-Christian rhetoric abounds in TV and Movies and nobody says anything! Internationally Christians are being persecuted and killed but the news media looks away.
So, I say, now more than ever – KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!!
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Is it Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day or the just the day before Black Friday? The start of the hectic holiday season or a day to reflect on just how fortunate we are and give Thanks to He Who gives us our daily bread? I am sure it means something different to all of us according to our particular traditions and upbringing. Some families at Thanksgiving will go around the table expressing what they are grateful for before dinner. Some of us will have the TV set to the Parade or the game or maybe we use the day to begin playing holiday music. There may be that special dish served at dinner that isn’t seen any other time of year. Perhaps the special china is lovingly unpacked for the occasion. Perhaps the special part of the day is that the whole family is gathered together in one place.
Thanksgiving Day has always been special to me for so many reasons. It represents the start of the Christmas season – which is a magical time of year. The holiday season is a time to express our love and appreciation for those close to us and to also smile at strangers everywhere. Something we might otherwise not do if not for the festive spirit in the air. For me, it is a time to consider where I was and where I am and how I got here. I am thankful for the life I have. This doesn’t mean I have a Norman Rockwell picture perfect life. It means the opposite actually. I can turn around to look down the road I have traveled and see potholes, roadblocks and caution tape. I have been saved from a life of troubles by the Love of God and for that I am grateful.
An attitude of gratitude. The expression “give thanks” is noted so many times in scripture and is encouraged by prophets, kings, apostles and is exemplified by Jesus Himself. It was the ungrateful and hard hearts of the elders in the wilderness that cost them their entrance into the Promised Land. Ingratitude paints a dark picture over the memory of days gone by and diminishes any hope for the future. No matter what our past or current circumstances there is a light of hope and reason to be grateful. As long as we are alive we can have hope for tomorrow because He lives and loves us and wants to see us safe, healthy, loved and secure. This Thanksgiving Day we encourage you all to be of good cheer, be thankful and be hopeful because He loves you. A&B
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11NIV
In every thing givethanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18KJV