[CF Devotionals] 2011-12-21 - The Unchanging Meaning of Christmas

"For unto us a child is born …and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6 & 7)

Earlier today, I was thinking about how I spent Christmas last year. It was a time full of activities. I enjoyed all the "goings on," such as our office Christmas party, a drive-through light display at a local park, a Christmas presentation at a nearby church, the lighting of the Christmas tree and caroling at the SC State House, and walking through the lights at the zoo. The man I was dating spent Christmas with me and my family, which was a lot of fun. My sister's kids spent a lot of time with us, too.

This Christmas will be different. The man I'm dating now lives several hours away, and we won't be spending time together until after Christmas. For various reasons, I'm not attending as many events this year. I find myself spending more time at home, reading fun holiday books like Philip Gulley's "Christmas in Harmony" and "A Mitford Christmas" by Jan Karon. My Mom is a nurse and will be working Christmas Eve, so how we structure our family time will be different this year, too.

Different doesn't mean this year is better or worse than other years. No two Christmases are the same as far as the people involved or specific events. Thankfully, the reason for Christmas never changes. Christmas is about celebrating Jesus coming to Earth in human form. No matter what else is going on this year (or any year), we can find joy because of what Christmas is really all about. The story does not change. The reality of Jesus does not change. The true meaning of Christmas transcends everything else, and I am so thankful that I have a personal relationship with the One who gives Christmas its true and everlasting meaning. I pray that your heart is connected with what Christmas is truly about, as well.

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