There is a peace that descends on earth Dec. 24. Perhaps it is the final end to the mad Christmas rushing or maybe it is the joy of being home after travelling a great distance.
Whatever the reason, Christians would agree that it is the peace and joy that comes from knowing that God has sent His only son to be born in a manger to bring light to the world.
We remember that the reason for the season is the birth of a child, born to save – a gift from God, His only son, who will die so that we might live. It is an awesome and inspiring thought.
As Christians we come together to honour our God and to celebrate the birth of His son.
And it has nothing to do with Santa Claus or the commercialization of Christmas. It has to do with a young woman who said yes to God and who conceived a son who would be saviour to all the world. It is the greatest gift of love that can be bestowed on the world. It is a light in the darkness and warmth on a cold night. It is comfort in the dead of winter.
As we celebrate this Christmas of 2013 what is it that we would have done differently? What will we change about ourselves for the year 2014? How will we make our world a better place?
It is said that one person cannot change the world. But every person can change himself or herself, and in doing so, changes his or her corner of the world. If there was one solution to all the world’s problems, it would be to love more. As the song goes, “What the world needs now, is love sweet love.”
It is a need that continues throughout the year. Loving and being loved is not a great mystery. It is as basic as breathing air and eating food. It is necessary for one’s quality of life.
And so I wish for you, in the year 2014, a year of loving. For young and old, married and single, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, peace, happiness and joy, but most of all, love – the same kind of love that was made possible through the birth of the Christ child 2,000 years ago.
His message of peace and love is as important and as necessary today as it was then, maybe more.