The idea of missing Christmas is a very thought provoking concept. For many “missing Christmas” might well be a welcome relief in one of the most difficult seasons of the year. In the midst of joy, celebrations, family gatherings, parties and gift giving there is another side of Christmas. For many people this is the most painful time of the year. The loss of family or friends through death or divorce is extremely hard. Memories of the happy Christmases of the past fade in light of the present day reality – that it will never be the same. This is especially true for those facing their first Christmas without a loved one or a close friend.
Many others are facing the season with their son, daughter or spouse serving in the military overseas. The classic Christmas song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” strikes a real chord in the heart of those who have family members serving in the military war zones around the world.
Then there are those who are under great pressure whether it is financial, time of unreal expectations. Trying to have the “perfect Christmas” reminds us of one of my favorite movies, Chevy Chase’s “Christmas Vacation as Chevy attempts to pull off the perfect Christmas for his family. You can’t help but laugh as he goes from one crisis to another throughout the movie. It hits very close to home for most of us because perfect Christmases only happen in Hollywood and not in the real world.
Missing Christmas is nothing new. We know that Jesus Christ entered human history quietly in a dark stable in Bethlehem. There was glitzy mass marketing, or media campaign to announce his coming. No catchy jingles, billboards or slick infomercials to proclaim his advent. But God did announce the coming of his son long before his birth. Christ’s entrance into human history was the fulfillment of a long line of prophecies. When you look at the Old Testament you wonder how anyone could have missed the coming of the Messiah. And yet so many did. In spite of all the divine publicity, people did miss it. Even though there seemed to be an air of feverish expectancy by the time Jesus Christ was born, most people missed his initial coming.
There are still many who miss Christmas today. They miss the most important experience in life and yet here is the real tragedy; there is no good reason that they should miss it.
It may take extra effort on your part not to miss this important part of the season. And those who acknowledge their need and humble themselves to receive the Savior never will miss Christmas. Let’s decide together that will not miss this important experience. I, for one, want to remember and be remembered on this special Christmas Day.
See you Sunday in church!