This year, Christmas has been very different for me. I am at a hotel, away from all I’ve ever expected Christmas to be. There was no Christmas tree, very little Christmas music, and a lot of confusion. I did, however, try and find time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. In all honesty, the cheer was missing from within my heart a majority of the time. Circumstances tend to affect perception, and I think this time of year can really emphasize one’s lifestyle. I’ve been reading a lot about the meaning behind the conditions in which Jesus was born. He was in a manger, described as a place that is not the most optimal. The fact that Mary was a virgin also leads to criticism. Despite these difficulties, the beginning of the greatest miracle occurred. His birth represents the journey to His resurrection. This can apply to several instances throughout one’s life. I have noticed a pattern of good and evil. While something unfortunate may be happening, there is always something amid difficulty to be thankful for. I have had more time to think, and I have had many amazing, supportive people throughout this obstacle. Amid stress and uncertainty, they have been glimmers of hope. This Christmas, I took a moment to think of its applicability to one’s life, focusing primarily on the birth of baby Jesus.
I focused on the meanings of the three gifts that the wise men presented.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. ~ Matthew 2:10-11
The gold is the love we have for Jesus. Gold equates to divine love. The frankincense represents one’s willingness to give themselves to the Lord, correlating with the metaphor of offering the truth to Jesus. Frankincense equates to devotion. Myrrh symbolizes the suffering that Jesus had to endure, ultimately leading to the resurrection, thus serving the Lord. Myrrh means living according to His truth.
The gifts symbolize devotion, which is present during moments of struggles and during moments of strength. I looked at the trials and tribulations that occurred during this journey. This path leads to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:1621 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”~ Matthew 1:21
The Lord gave signs. A Savior was born, the Messiah, the Lord, to be exact, and He was seen as a baby wrapped in cloth and lying in a manger. We get signs as well.
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14
I focused on the true gift of Christmas.
15 Thanks are to God for his indescribable gift! ~ 2 Corinthians 9:15
His birth was the beginning of His story on Earth. He felt pain. He felt what it was like to be human. Life is a series of puzzle pieces being constructed through moments. Today we celebrate the beginning of Jesus’ time on Earth.
Reflecting on this Christmas, I am grateful for where I am.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!