While walking the aisles of a home improvement store, I was miffed by the sight of a wreath emblazoned with two words: Happy Holidays. This frustrates me because it’s an impotent message that castrates Christmas of it’s substantial significance.
Christmas is not in need of some slick marketing campaign; it’s message might be centuries old, but it’s hardly antiquated.
The secularization of Christmas reminds me of the wise words of Benjamin Franklin: How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!
The message of Christmas is filled with love and full of hope. God loved us so much that He gave us the gift of His son and as Phillips Brooks said in O Little Town of Bethlehem: The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
The hope of Christmas is not some neatly wrapped gift that is placed under a tree. It is the gift of Jesus—the baby of Bethlehem.
As the day of Christ’s birth draws closer, I encourage you to give some thought to these words of Peter: Prepare your minds for action, keep a clear head, and set your hope completely on the grace to be given you when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed (I Peter 1:13).