Christmas Message 5: Is Your Christmas About Presents or Presence?

And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
— Isaiah 29:13

I was reading the story of a mother who was out Christmas shopping, anxiously trying to get last minute shopping done. She had her small child with her, and in her distracted state, she lost sight of him. In all out panic, she started retracing her steps and found him with his nose pressed against the glass window of a store display, looking at a manger scene. The boy said, "Mommy, Mommy! Look! It is Jesus in the hay!"

The mother answered “Let’s go," then took him by the hand and led him away. "We don't have time for that."
That my friends is exactly what Christmas is like for so many. That is the whole problem with this time of year that we call Christmas. We can be so busy celebrating Christmas that we forget all about Christ who is the reason for the season. In a way, we can actually lose God in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. We can very easily lose God in the so-called celebration of Jesus.

For so many people, the Christmas story is one about Party’s, Santa, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, or Scrooge being visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past.

But in reality, we cannot lose God? That is impossible!  If you think about it, you can't lose someone if you know where they are. If you know where they are, then they are not lost. But you can lose sight of someone. And some have lost sight of the Lord in their lives, especially at this time of the year.

Have you ever had the experience of talking with someone about an important matter and they’re playing with their phone, checking text or updating their social media?  That is rude, annoying and gives a person the feeling that they are disinterested and definitely distracted.

Well, God never does that. God is never disinterested. God is never distracted. And even if we forget about Him, He never forgets about us. Christmas is not about buying presents; it is about His presence in our lives. I pray that God’s people will make this Christmas more about His Presence than Presents.  God bless!