by Hope Wingo
When I go out on my Tract ministry, I don’t try to deceive anyone concerning my mission. I ask each person, “May I give you a CHRISTIAN tract to read?”
After handing one of them to a woman the other day, she clumsily blurted, “Merry Holiday” as she walked away.
Is this not sad? She knew that I was a Christian, and she knew that it was a Christian tract. Did she suppose that I would have been offended at the word Christmas? Sadly, I think that she might have been.
I think that it is sad that we have to think back to remember the time that Christmas was actually a celebration of CHRIST.
Remember? Lights twinkled everywhere, tinsel sparkled, Christmas carols were sung in every public place, nativity scenes competed with each other, and whiffs of pine and cedar filled the air. We dressed in Christmas sweaters. Ugh! We baked, we cooked, we strung popcorn. At night, we’d turn off all of the lights so we could bask in the glow of the Christmas tree.
…And, because our celebration was in honor of Jesus, He joined us in our joy and filled the atmosphere with the quietness and the wonder of the Season; a reverence that seemed to unite us all… strangers or not, Christians or not.
So today, I’ve chosen to look ahead instead of mourning the things we’ve lost.
I wonder if God allows the wise that still seek Him and those that come and adore Him on earth to do the same in heaven? …to acknowledge, celebrate and decorate heaven in remembrance of His Son becoming one of us? Somehow, I can’t imagine Him denying us that privilege! After all, it was God Himself that mandated the Jewish feasts and holidays. Would He deny His Gentile Bride of ours?
Can you imagine Christmas decorations reflecting off of streets of gold some day? The Tree of Life adorned with lights to honor the Light of the World? …and its glorious reflection off of the Crystal Sea?
…or maybe Our Heavenly Father just keeps it that way all of the time! A constant, ongoing, everlasting celebration to honor The Light of the World! Emmanuel… God With Us!
Remember, this world is not our home; nor is heaven politically correct.
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
Instead of looking back, try to imagine what we have to look forward to. I think it’s safe to say that our celebration of Jesus won’t be called “holiday” in heaven.