By Wanda E. Simpson
It’s that time of year when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. There are so very many things that make me happy during the season. First, I am so glad that Christ came into the world to save us from our sins and, although it may sound crazy, I celebrate the traumatic way that Mary and Joseph found a place for his birth. I celebrate this because so many think that one has to be born into riches in order to become a celebrated king. The situation in which Jesus was born means, for me, that he is a savior for the people–all people. My heart bursts with joy each time I think about how the Magi came to celebrate him, the star in the sky, and the angels singing from heaven. How wonderful an audience for one’s birth!
Another reason I celebrate this season with an open heart is that I love how families come together in worship, food, fun and fellowship. It does not matter to me if a family has a disruption on the holiday; to me it is all in love. (What would we do without one another?) The relative who drinks too much, the one who always complains, and the one who is perfect. They all serve a great part of our love, or else we would not have invited them.
Then there are the Christmas decorations both inside and outside the houses. Sometimes when I am on my way home from work, and it’s dark, I drive through the neighborhoods just to see the Christmas decorations. My face lights up each time as if I were a child, for it can be small decorations or a tremendous amount of decorations; it is all about Christ.
There is so much to be said about this season! I love how we care for each other during this time. The hungry get fed and clothed; we help one another across the street; we give more of ourselves and our possessions than we normally do; and we love a lot harder. Thank you Jesus for opening our hearts up even though we may not be as consistent as we should. I am more excited at this time of year about love than anything else.
Finally, there is one more item that I am happy about at this time of year: music. I absolute love Christmas music! I can’t sing a lick, but when I hear Christmas songs on the radio, I scream the words to the top of my voice. Since music is one of God’s gifts why not celebrate the gift of giving with a song. I love “The Christmas Song,” by Nat King Cole. I love to hear “Every Year, Every Christmas,” by Luther Vandross. I really love to hear “This Christmas,” by Chris Brown. And my all-time favorite is “Silent Night,” by the Temptations. God, how wonderful you are to have come down from your throne to show us just how much you love us.