Monday's Message of Hope

A Celebration of Christmas!
Monday, December 6, 2021 by Penelope Kaye

Hello, dear friend

As we inch closer to the day most Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, I want to take a closer look at the origins of the word Christmas. It comes from the Greek word Christos, the Messiah or Anointed One, and the Latin word missa, a celebration of the Eucharist—literally a celebration of Christ or the Messiah.

Let’s ponder that phrase for a few minutes—the celebration of the Messiah, the Anointed One.

And now, let’s think about how easy it is to get caught up in the stress of everything we want to do to celebrate the holidays: Finding the perfect Christmas tree, baking and decorating the best cut-out cookies, making the brightest costumes for the Christmas pageants, shopping for the prettiest Christmas outfits, etc., etc. Not a pretty picture. Certainly not the one we usually see on Christmas cards.

What if this Christmas we shifted our focus from all the stress to include the celebration of Christ, the Messiah in the holiday season? What would it look like? What if we celebrated Jesus in finding the tree? What if we enjoyed the Messiah while we baked or made the Christmas pageant costumes? What if we rejoiced in Christ when we shopped for the Christmas outfits?

And what if we could share that celebration with the rest of the family or neighbors or strangers? Touching lives through the celebration of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Exactly what we’re called to do.

Why not make that the focus this year? I plan to, and I hope you will join me in celebrating Christ, the Messiah in everything all month long!

Below are some questions to reflect and/or journal. Feel free to share your thoughts—I would love to hear from you.

  • What part of the Christmas season carries the most stress?
  • How can you celebrate the Messiah in your holiday activities?
  • How will this message impact your Christmas season this year?

Enjoy the beginning of the Celebration of the Christ this month!

Penelope Kaye

 

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