It is Christmas Day–the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Gospel from Luke 2: 11-12 says, “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
Jesus’ birth signifies God coming to earth in the form of a human. The name “Jesus” means “God with us,” as is stated in Matthew 1: 23, “‘Behold, the virgin shall bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us.'” Jesus spent His life on earth as a teacher and healer. He taught kindness, love, peace, and other standards of living a life according to the Word of God.
Although Jesus is no longer physically present on earth, His teaching still continues. The Word of God is preached in churches across the country each Sunday (and daily for the Catholics). Some people make it a habit to read the Bible each day. All of this is good as it helps to remind us of the direction that God wishes us to take with our lives. It also helps to direct our steps and to help others along the way. We are to carry on the Jesus’ journey. In our daily lives it should be obvious to others that we believe in God and have faith in Him. This means that our words and actions should be such that others should be able to tell that we are Christians. Although we are not expected to be perfect with everything that we say and do, the majority of the time should be an expression of God’s Word in action. Helping others, speaking without the use of foul language, lending an ear to someone who needs to talk, expressing gratitude for the good things in life, and making an honest effort to live according to the Ten Commandments are some of the ways that this can be accomplished.
What is it that gets you going in the morning? Do you have a set purpose for the day? I have found it helpful to say a prayer each morning, before I step a foot onto the floor, of what goals I would like to reach in regard to what in God’s Word I would like to fulfill that day. By having this thought in mind, and speaking it through prayer, it makes an impression on the entire day. Positive thoughts, through prayer, start the day in a better way. It also lets God know that He is on your mind and He will help you to accomplish whatever it is that you are working toward. Although people or situations may try to take your thoughts off of your intended path, God’s grace will help you to stay on track. With God nothing is impossible. We are His people whom He loves and cares about.
Merry Christmas to everyone! May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with each of us today and everyday.