The song tells us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
If we look at Christmas through the lens of the carols we are reminded of that Silent, Holy Night, when in the calmness, an infant, so tender and mild, came into the world to save us from the sins we had yet committed. He is hailed as King. Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
As we hear the bells play familiar carols, we hear the wild and sweet words repeat of peace on earth and good will to men; we pray for that peace. Peace not only in the sense of lack of war but lack of strife in our hearts. We long for that peace described in Philippians 4:7, “…which transcends all understanding,” that will, “guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” That is the promise of Christmas.
My favorite carol is a lullaby. When my children were babies I would sing it to them, Christmas or not. They had the warmth of a home and a comfy crib, but the baby Jesus had “no crib for a bed”, as “the stars in the sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.” The carol goes on to ask the Lord to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray. That sacrificial love called Him to lay down His life on a cross. (Romans 5:8) That is the prayer of Christmas.
Good Christian Men, are called to rejoice, with heart and soul and voice! We are to give heed that Jesus Christ is born this day. He was born for endless bliss, and has opened heaven’s door; that man is blest forevermore. We need not fear the grave – Christ was born today, to save! That is the proclamation of Christmas.
My prayer this Christmas comes not from a carol but a Christmas song none the less, to “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.” As I consider the lyrics, with a heart of Christ, I find that in Him our troubles can be out of sight and miles away, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12. And with church family and co-laborers, we have faithful friends who are near and dear to us. And, although I do not believe in fate, I have assurance that God has a plan for each of us, (Jeremiah 29:11), I know that “Through the years we will all be together,” because Jesus promised in John 14:3, that “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” That is the plan of Christmas.