For unto us a child is given, unto us a child is born … Isaiah 9:6a
Once a year the Christmas season strikes both the sacred and the secular with sledgehammer force. Suddenly Jesus Christ is everywhere. For approximately one month his presence is inescapable. You may accept him or reject him, affirm him or deny him, but you can’t ignore him. Of course, he is proclaimed in speech, song and symbol in Christian church services. But he rides every red-nosed reindeer, lurks behind every doll, and is heard in every “season’s greetings.” Christ is toasted in every cup of Christmas cheer. Each sprig of holly is a hint of his holiness, each cluster of mistletoe a sign he is here.
For those who claim his name, Christmas heralds this luminous truth: Jesus is a one-of-a-kind gift. His qualities are something unique, completely unlike anything people had ever seen or heard of. And the “gift” of Christ comes with the promise that nothing can separate us from the love of God. His light, life and love are with us always. Hark the herald angel’s sing!!