A Simple Christmas
When told that about our advent devotional, I attempted to remember about my Christmases when I was a child. My home was in rural Bath County and my mother, Lucy, took me to the White Oak Christian church ever Sunday and Sunday night. I also attended youth group meetings with the other children in the community who went to my church. I remember around Christmastime all the children got very ecited and eager for Chrsitmas to come. At church, we always had a Christmas play that most usually included the manger scene with the baby Jesus. The adults as well as the children participated in the play. We would have many practices so everyone would know their parts. We didn’t have a lot of money tos pend on scenery and costumes, so the adults would vounteer to make the scenery and provide the costumes for the chilcren. On the night of the Christmas play we were preparing for the performance, everyone was nervous. We were afraid we would forget our parts and mess up the whole play. Many people came tothe church to see the play and Santa Claus always paid a visit to bring fruit and candey to all the young people. Everyone always had a good time and looked forward to the next Christmas.
We didn’t have much to spend on gifts, but I don’t recall being disappointed when I saw what Santa Claus had brought me. My mother and father always provided a good home and gave me lots of love and tuaght me about the valuable things in life. You could say we had a simple Christmas, and one that was not forgotten.
Scripture: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2:1-20
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, help us to be more aware of the true meaning of Christmas and to always remember the greatest “gift” you gave us, Jesus, your son. May we celebrate this joyous season by remembering past Christmases when times were not so fast-aced and life was simple. We ask for your continued blessings as we strive to grow as Christians and do everything for your glory and honor. Amen.
Your Sister in Christ,
Lana Lyons, reprinted from 2003