Sunday Sermon: December 23rd, 2018
An excerpt from The Book Of Bobby Maximus (Verse 5, Chapter 30):
The holidays can be a difficult time for people. There’s pressure to provide presents and gifts. We are bombarded by images of “the perfect Christmas” and other people’s seemingly perfect lives. There are a lot of us who try to live up to an unrealistic expectation of the holiday. We try too hard to make Christmas “perfect”.
Because of these expectations it can be a time of stress and sadness for some out there.
It’s important during Christmas to remember what it is really all about. Christmas isn’t about the gifts we receive, it’s not about how much money we spend, its not about finding someone the perfect present, it’s not about how good our dinner is, and it’s not about a tree or lights. Christmas is much more than all these things. Christmas is a feeling. It stands for love and gratefulness. It stands for hope and compassion. It’s easy to complain at Christmas: “I wish I had more family here”, “the turkey was dry”, “I didn’t get what I wanted for Christmas”, “it’s just not the same as when I was a kid”.
At Christmas don’t focus on the negative. Remember to enjoy the things that really matter. If you have a roof over your head, a blanket to stay warm, and even just one person to share it with you are blessed. I’m fortunate to be spending Christmas with my lovely wife and two sons. Even if we didn’t have one present I’d be grateful just to spend time with them.
There are so many people in this world less fortunate than us. I’m just grateful to live in a house of love and support and be able to hug my family on Christmas morning. Christmas is what you make of it. It’s the love you put into it. Christmas doesn’t come in a store.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
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