This is a guest post from Dave Sandell. Dave is a good friend from college and he looks better in caps than anyone I know. Dave lives with his wife, Verity, in Chicago, IL. Follow him here.
Over the past few weeks I’ve talked to a number of people who are stressed out about missing the “meaning of the Christmas season.”
The stress of shopping will gut their time and joy.
Their families of origin are more Griswald than Bailey.
They will wake up on December 26th and Christmas will be over. Tidings of comfort and joy will be headed to the curb in a garbage bin. The wonders of his love will be on pause until next year.
But here’s the thing: you can’t miss it because it doesn’t happen just once a year.
The things we remember at Christmastime are true year-round. We could conceivably go our whole lives and miss them. But if this season slips away from you, you can simply pick up where you left off on the 26th.
So buy your gifts. Hang out with the family. Find a bit of pocket change from the deep recesses of your puffiest coat for the bell ringer’s red kettle. Go out of your way to worship and remember and as much as you can join in with what God is doing in the world.
Because Christmas is a time to remember and dream. Jesus isn’t being born on the 25th. We remember his birth, and all of the things that are true about our world because of God. We prepare for whatever God is doing in our lives and in our communities.
God has changed all of the rules and nothing will ever be the same.
We can’t miss it. It cannot be missed. It is the reality of the world we live in.