It doesn’t depend on the weather

The other day, when it was sixty-three degrees outside, I said to Joel, “It just doesn’t feel like Christmas.”  Now, I know better than to gauge the arrival of the Christmas season by the weather…especially in Louisiana.  And I know better than to hinge reality on a feeling.  But knowing something doesn’t necessarily mean that you practice it, right?  That’s why, for the past few years, I’ve either read or listened to Rick Warren’s The Purpose of Christmas.

DSCN1357 

It’s a wonderful little book, a quick read, and I highly recommend it.

Warren tells us that Christmas really is the best news we could get, regardless of our background, religion, problems, or circumstances.  He sites Luke 2:10 which says, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  Then he shares that Christmas is worth celebrating for three reasons:  It’s personal – I bring YOU, it’s positive – GOOD news of great joy, and it’s universal – for ALL the people.

Warren reminds us that the whole reason for Christmas is God’s love, and that it is not only a time for celebration, but for salvation and reconciliation as well.  This little book prompts me to acknowledge that Christmas has nothing to do with a feeling, but a reality that I must choose whether or not to accept.  AND…it doesn’t depend on the weather.

One thought on “It doesn’t depend on the weather

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s