For the past couple of weeks, we’ve driven through several neighborhoods here in Central Maine to view the Christmas lights and decorations.
We’ve spent several evenings enjoying brightly colored lights that outline rooflines and drape shrubs, wind around porch rails and columns, and observed “reindeer” sparkling like diamonds on front lawns. Candles in windows, twinkling wreaths adorning front doors. Even those ridiculous blow-up characters (Santa, the Grinch, cartoon characters, etc) that delight the kids.
We have not seen one crêche, not one lowly hay-filled manger scene recreating the animal stall where Mary and Joseph tended to the Christ babe.
We’ve not seen a Cross, a star of Bethlehem, the Magi, shepherds, or any iconic figure that would tell the story about the reason we celebrate Christmas – the birth of the child Jesus, saviour of mankind.
Christ…mas. The very word that denotes its meaning. Forgotten, overlooked, ignored in the frenzy of everything else.
Don’t you find it sad? Don’t you find it indicative of what ails us as a nation? We’ve lost our way.
It’s all about Santa, gift wrap, and forking out credit cards to pay for gifts – things – we can’t afford.
Churches are dark. Where are the believers?
Is it any wonder our country is in a world of hurt?
Santa has replaced Jesus, just as bunny rabbits and colored eggs have replaced the miracle of His resurrection.
With few exceptions, we the people have lost our way, hypnotized by the crass commercialism of capitalist greed and propaganda. We’ve abandoned and forgotten the entire purpose of celebrating December 25th.
Until and unless our nation returns to God, with faith in the Almighty, adhering to the scriptural precepts in humankind’s owner’s manual – and the lessons of life it tells us, how can we ever hope to save ourselves now and in the hereafter?
When we can’t even remember Jesus, the everlasting reason for this season…
The photos above are our home in Maine, decorated to honor the birth of the Christ Child Jesus.
Pray for the children. They are the future.
Teach them what Christmas means. The REAL meaning.