For disease. For illness and ailments. Most would see Christmas as a cause of disease when you consider the food that is eaten, and perhaps the stress levels… but I am thinking about the opportunity to be in community. Many people find that as soon as they are in the Christmas season, they shrink away from real community because of the task list.
I know this year has been difficult on my family, as my father-in-law has been in the hospital (prayers appreciated for Fred) with pneumonia and other ailments. My wife is concerned, I am concerned, my children are concerned… we have faith in the absolute sovereignty of God, yet we are concerned.
We are also filled with Joy.
Now, I must pause and share more of my belief, in order to put some kind of perspective to this story. I do not accept Christmas as a Biblical holiday… there is no reference for any such celebration anywhere in the Bible. Obviously not the Old Testament, as Christ was not born, nor in the New Testament, as the effort was to tell His story, not celebrate His birth. So, for that reason, I don’t give a lot of credit to this “holiday”. I do however, believe that the opportunity to stop and celebrate His birth, is an awesome one, that has been distorted and mangled by the fact that so many people celebrate Christmas without an inkling of consideration of what Christmas is… but… I cannot imagine a year without the celebration of Christmas.
The time to constantly reflect on a son sent from God to save the world.
So back to my point. Christmas as a treatment.
Joy will treat any disease, and it will solve any depression if you let it. Joy, what a wonderful idea. My kids and I have played the new Pentatonix Christmas album at deafening levels, acting like we have some sort of special singing skill that would land us on America’s Got Talent… but though we might be quite talentless, we have incredible joy!
It is this kind of bliss that simply affords an opportunity for Christmas to FIX things. I have dealt with so many patients that have lost the will to live. I don’t mean that they have really lost the will to be alive, I have only had a few of them over the years… but they have lost the will to LIVE! To go into the world and do something crazy, and exciting, and awesome. They have put themselves in a container, and that container is lined with boredom and safety and in so doing, they have given up on joy.
Christmas is the restoration of joy.
It is a fabulous time to stop using the word me, and my, and I… and focus on them, and you, and everything outside of yourself.
Love came down on Christmas Day.
Be well and be blessed. Dr. E