I have spent a long time with the Christmas battle going on in my head…. “Jesus wasn’t really born in December, that holiday was hacked from the solstice observers… His name is Yeshua, not Jesus… all our symbols are lifted off of other religions… but it’s so beautiful. The gifts, the lights, the song, the worship. And family. And tradition. And…”
As I said, it’s a war. Or, it was.
Tonight, God won.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
It’s the Saturday before Christmas. I went to church. It was our pre-Christmas service. (We have another on Christmas Eve, but it’s shorter). An hour and a half of worship – which is a LONG time to sing and listen to people singing. But… it was BEAUTIFUL.
And I’m sitting there nearly in tears thinking about all the people who were given gifts by their Creator – to sing, to play an instrument, to set up sound, to do special effects, to paint, to preach… and all those people gave their very best *back to God*. We’re humans, we’re created, we can’t give something not given to us in the first place. But we can give it back. We can share. We can share joy.
And joy has been shared.
And the fruit of the Holy Spirit is LOVE and JOY and PEACE and… that is what was going down in my church tonight.
I still think it’s important to get it right. And when we can get it right, when they finally figure out when our Savior was born… then we can move the whole shebang.
And until then, I am sharing in the joy given to me by my Savior, my Lord, my Beloved. I’m sharing that joy with my family, the family of Christ. it is GOOD thing, Christmas is. It is a GOOD thing.
The war is over. The Lord has come! Let earth sing and rejoice because of her King. It matters that we rejoice. It MATTERS that we rejoice. My family helps me rejoice, so I will rejoice with them.
May you be filled with joy, because we have a Savior, and He gave Himself for you.