Something was clearing lacking. How could a talent show bring JOY, HOPE, or PEACE? Where does Christmas Spirit come from, anyway?
Everyone talks about this special emotion that turns ordinarily self-centered people into giving and caring people - at least for once a year. The reason that Christmas Spirit is so celebrated is that it is a novelty, not common place. But what difference does it make if you are transformed only once a year?
Christmas Spirit does not come from the giving or receiving of gifts, talent shows with dancing elves, Santa Claus, or a date on the calendar. Christmas Spirit is what is born in our hearts when we receive the Gift that God offered – His son Jesus Christ, who took the punishment that we deserve for our sin – to die and be separated from the true and Living God, who made each of us and loves us with an everlasting love.
Once this Christmas Spirit is born in your heart, it never goes away. It is this gift, Jesus, Who brings joy, hope and peace.
Do you have this Everlasting Christmas Spirit?
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray.
Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.photo credit Matters of the Heart