Christmas is the biggest spending holiday of every year. Now, we give names to and make new holidays out of special shopping days, like Black Friday, to “amp up” the commercialization of Christmas and increase the debt load people put on their credit cards. We want Santa’s bag filled to overflowing when it comes down our chimneys.
We lavishly decorate homes, inside and out, to capture the festive spirit of this special season. All of us, me included, get swept up in the secularization of Christmas with its Santa Claus, feel good Hallmark movies, cookies and candies, family events, gifts exchanges, and of course, the singing of the Christmas carols.
As people of faith, strong faith, we need a reality check from time to time about what was really at stake at the birth event that set this whole thing in motion. To do that, I find the first verse of this hymn quite helpful.
“Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.”
It seems to me that our full homage has “earthly-minded” competition. May we be less focused on what’s under the tree and more focused on the “blessing in His hand.”
Be a blessing to someone today!