“I want to feel Christmas, how it used to be, with all of its wonder falling on me. Season has felt so empty, oh for quite a while… I want to feel Christmas like a child.”
Previous thoughts ceased when I heard these lyrics to this Third Day song.
Memories of Christmas in earlier years immediately surfaced. Feelings that I experienced as a child were rekindled: anticipation, warmth, security, and simplicity that abounded while sitting around the fire, admiring the fragrance of the evergreen tree and the presents that sat under its protection. Though immeasurable are the blessings to be thankful for today, age and years have constructed different emotions regarding this snow-covered holiday.
This holds true for many. For some, feelings of pain are evoked by the season, wondering how life has come to where it is, far from any of those words I mentioned above. Families may be torn or scattered, loved ones may have passed on, health or economic hardship may be causing despair. For others, it may be blurred by shopping hysteria, work parties and responsibilities. For others still, there may truly be times of joy, gratitude, traditions with family, and slowing down to enjoy it all – especially for those who celebrate what the season really represents.
Wherever you fall in this spectrum, it is a wonderful time to reflect on and embrace the emotions of the season as an open door for blessing and change. Perhaps its time to restructure, reprioritize, and reconnect. If you have not yet embraced the real reason behind the season, there is an open invitation to do so. God’s ears are always attentive to one who cries out to him like a child, believing in and trusting in him through Jesus. It is the only way to heaven, as well as relevant life during your days here on earth. Nothing compares to the peace and hope that comes with a restored relationship with the Maker of heaven, earth, snow and wind.
An authentic Christmas with meaning and significance—we all desire it. And the good news is that it is available to all, without money and without cost. Hard times and emotional swings won’t necessarily cease, though hope will overcome. Oh, and some gifts, pajamas, hot coffee, cider, and chocolate covered cherries (among other sweets) are good too.
To all, regardless of where you are at, I pray that good times with friends and family find you.
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.” Mathew 18:3
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
Neotony = the retention of childlike qualities by an adult
by B. Champan