Friday, December 22, 2006

A Special Season of Joy

Christmas Time

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year...

She sang, "Christmas time is here. Oh, that we could always see such spirit through the year."

I wonder how they think that could happen? I wonder how they cannot understand our inadequacy apart from Him. Do they not realize their own inability to love and suffer long? Have they pretended for so long that the pretense has taken on a form of reality? Is it Satanic deception? Pride?

But clearly we see a yearning. There is a clue in their melancholy sentiment: something is wrong, there is a missing piece. It is spoken and unspoken throughout the season. The longing for love and peace exists in the hearts of men, even today.

What a wonderful season of Joy! We have truly Good News - news that angels sang in Glory to lowly shepherds! We have Great Promise - promise that wise men saw in the heavenly Star! We are those who see such Spirit through the year!

It's time once again for shouting, whispering, singing, sharing! God has sent a Savior for you and for me!

"Lord, let men everywhere see You. Help them taste the love and peace only found in You. Grant them understanding of Your marvelous provision through salvation. In this beautiful season of promise and love let them believe and know that indeed, we who are Yours know Your Spirit through the year. And happy are the people whose God is the Lord."