COVID Christmas (December 2020)
I can only imagine what Christmas will be like this year dealing with the various COVID-19 restrictions. I can see opening a present early on Christmas morning with high expectations only to find an assortment of designer face masks and hand sanitizers. Although thoughtful and practical, it just doesn’t have that spirit of Christmas that we were needing. It’s just a reminder of everything we are dealing with now. I think we all need a huge spiritual boost, especially at this time of year where we are all dealing with a new life style.
I believe we really need to focus on the spirit of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, and what He did for all of the world, not just Christians, but all mankind. All of those who believe in Christmas, whether you have any religion in your life or not, you still celebrate Christmas by participating in the traditional gift giving, Christmas trees, and Santa Claus that’s all really founded on the birth of Christ.
I’m pretty sure there’s more online shopping than ever before because of the COVID-19 restrictions. When you receive that Amazon Prime box, you wrap it carefully, and put it under the tree all still in the spirit of Christmas. At Christ’s birth, He was brought gifts by the poor and wealthy. He then gave His life for us (His gift), and now as we give gifts to others, what are we feeling in relation to Christ’s gift? Are we giving like Christ gave? Are we giving our time, talents, service, and love? Are we sharing all we have? Presently we might be limited what we actually can do to help others but I’m sure within those limitations there are many things we can do. We can spend time to find out what we can do, then plan accordingly and follow through. Rather than being a Secret Santa, find somebody in need and be a Secret Helper, but it doesn’t have to be a secret either. If you find someone in need, just find a way to help them. There are so many in need in this world right now that it’d be easy to find someone you can help. Share the spirit of giving - the spirit of Christmas, even if it’s a “Widow’s Mite”, a kind word, a sincere smile, an act of love, heartwarming encouragement, a “Merry Christmas” to your neighbor, or a handmade Christmas card to an elderly widow. It’s endless the things you can do if you set your mind and heart to it. The Lord will bless you and those you help. Reach out and help fill the world with God’s love. Make it a big Merry Christmas for someone.