Just as there are two sides to every story and two sides to every discussion, there are two sides, two moods, two emotional, Christmas paradigms.
There’s the happy, commercial paradigm punctuated by the Santa myth, shopping frenzies, trees, decorations, presents, children’s pageants, Christmas carols, special church services, family gatherings, over-spending, over-indulging and over-eating. Somehow we plow through the season and call it all “Merry”.
For every one partaking in all the frivolity of the season, there are one or two folks searching for meaning in life, tired of living, at the end of their rope, contemplating suicide, feeling hopeless, drinking too much, feeling lonely and depressed, looking for work, or living on the street, avoiding crowds and family gatherings or being separated from family and their children by divorce, anger, abandonment or abuse.
Regardless of your holiday paradigm, let me ask you– who can resist gazing at a little baby? Who can resist watching a newborn cuddled in a mother’s arms or sleeping quietly, wrapped in a blanket? What a picture of peace and serenity.
Mark Lowery has a line in his Christmas song, Mary Did You Know…”this child that you delivered will soon deliver you.” Wow! What an image that is to me.
In the first paradigm, the Baby is sometimes ignored or forgotten. For those celebrating in the commercial paradigm, the world and all it’s phony, superficial living overshadow the peace and hope a newborn baby engenders.
Sadly, many of those existing day to day in the hopeless and lonely Christmas paradigm may not think of the Bethlehem newborn, or know who He is. They may not know or believe that He can lift them our of their despair and give them the peace and hope He brings.
Regardless of your Christmas paradigm Baby Jesus brings hope, peace and unconditional love to all. Let’s celebrate Him this Christmas.