I recently attended the Johnny Reid Christmas Concert in Regina. He and his musicians gave an amazing musical performance. He started the concert with some Christmas Carrols. At one point he said that his grandmother told him that he couldn't do a whole concert of Christmas Carrols. After that, the concert continued without the Christmas songs of faith. I loved the concert. but left feeling that Johnny doesn't really know what Christmas is about. Perhaps he does, but I didn't hear it in anything he said.
There are many people who celebrate Christmas with little or no attention to Christ. Christmas can be a busy time of decorating, shopping, cooking, partying, and visiting with family and friends. For some, Christmas is a wonderful time but for others it feels cold and lonely or so stressful. A Christmas without Christ is like a meal without food, a swim without water or a song without music. The most important element is not there.
Christmas is all about Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior, who was born in a stable, in Bethlehem. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He is our hope of salvation, our hope of forgiveness of sins, and our hope for all eternity. Christmas is all about Jesus but for many, it is so easy to leave out the most essential ingredient. When you do this baking a cake, you don't end up with a cake.
During this Christmas season, why not take some time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. He is the one who lets us know what God is like. He is the one who shows us the path toward the God who loves us. Join some congregation at a time of worship. On Christmas Eve, at 6:30PM, at Calvary Baptist Church, we will have a candlelight service. There will be songs of faith, readings from the Gospels about the birth of Jesus, a warm welcome and hopefully some laughter. The doors are open, anyone can come and be welcome. Let the some of the joy of Christ and the peace of Christ, touch you this Christmas season. And if Johnny Reid shows up, which I don't expect, he will see that we too can make music and he will go away with a better sense of what Christmas is all about. And perhaps, you will as well. May the Peace of God be with you.