I don’t know if you’re like me when it comes to Christmas, but I love this time of year.
I love the holiday lights, the anticipation and gathering with family and friends. It may just be the idealist in me, but I feel like a special glow comes over people during the Christmas season. As a culture, we seem to be a little less selfish and a little more inclined to do good for others. Conversely, I know this time of year can also be characterized by selfishness, greed and tireless busyness. What I most look forward to and hope for in this holiday season is sacred space.
I want time with family and friends and time alone when I can truly experience the peace and intimacy that seems to fill our Christmas songs, but feels mysteriously absent in the way that most of us live this time of year. Sacred space means peace, joy and intimacy with God and others. Christmas isn’t fundamentally about the presents, the Black Friday shopping or making a profit, as nice as these things may seem. Christmas, at its best, is about love, joy, peace and generosity. It’s about a God who sent his only Son into the world to bring light and life to a world dead-set on living in darkness.
When’s the last time the true joy of Christmas filled your heart? I know that for some of us, we are filled with joy as we enter into this holiday season. For others perhaps, this is the first Christmas without a loved one. Or maybe your schedule is so filled with obligations that you can’t imagine when you might come up for a breath. I believe God’s message for all of us is the same and incredibly simple…create sacred space.
I believe that God wants to meet with us this Christmas.
In fact, I believe that’s the true and underlying meaning of this season. God chose to come near and live in our midst. The best way to honor the sacrifice God made by sending his Son into the world is by creating space in our lives to meet with him. This can look like quality time with family and friends or it can look like time alone with God where we intentionally seek to commune with him. For many of us, the holidays are typically not characterized by much sacred space. They’re characterized by stress, anxiety, bitterness and consumerism gone mad. Let’s be a people that turn the tide and carve out space to connect with God and others. If we do, we’ll honor and reflect to others the real meaning of Christmas.
God bless, and I wish you a very merry Christmas!