There is not a chapter reading for today but a specific verse that I'll quote later. I want to stop and look at the season of Christmas. It plays out all of the possible emotions in people, from extreme joy to deepest depression. It can be a time of laughter or sorrow, it has by and large also become a busy time for most people, a time filled with stress. But it shouldn't be, Christmas should be a time to remember that God, the creator of all things wanted so badly to have fellowship with humans that He left His throne and took on the form of a man. We've lost sight of that, even when we speak of keeping Christ in Christmas we still lose sight of what actually happened. We will gather together and exchange gifts, some will feel disappointed at the value of the gift received, some will feel rejected at not receiving at all. Our focus for a time may be on God, but that will fade and we'll focus on the activity, unfortunate but I'll probably do it too. Christmas is a unique holiday, it is the only world wide holiday that I know of (with an exception of Hanukkah) but while that is recognized it's not celebrated even by pagans. At this time I hear a wide range of opinions about how Christmas is wrong, the day is wrong, the tree and decorations are pagan, the name Christ Mass is a celebration of death and not life. There are more but those are common. Maybe the practice of bringing in a tree and decorating it was pagan, but I know no-one that worships the tree, it has simply become for many a reminder of the season, I look at this as God in His sovereignty taking over what was a pagan thing. There has recently been a renewed interest in the explanation given by Linus in Charlie Brown's Christmas, the focus is on the event of Christ's birth, but my focus is on what John says in the first chapter verse 14
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." The translation 'dwelt among us' could be translated as pitched his tent. God almighty, sovereign creator of all things, controlling every atom decided that He wanted so much to spend time with humans, that instead of living in the best palace, he pitched a tent.
He reaches across all social and economic classes, He alone can say I know what it is to have unlimited power and I know what it is to have no home. I know pain like no other and I know love too.
And today He says to you, I love you more than you can understand, this is my gift to you. This day unto you is born in the city of David, God almighty, He has pitched His tent to spend some time with you. May you receive Him and enjoy Him forever.
No workout today, take time to rest and enjoy the day with family and friends.