I wonder why when something tragic happens people want to cancel Christmas?
I say, "Thank God it is Christmastime!"
It reminds me that there is Hope.
"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
It is a scary time. Everywhere we turn in this world something tragic is happening. A flood, an earthquake, a war, a shooting, cancer, corruption. I am tempted to fear.
I look around the house at the decorations and they remind me, It's Christmastime!
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
But perhaps you are not looking for a Savior. Maybe all we want is more money, no suffering, everyone to do the "right" thing according to our own philosophies. If we had that then there would be nothing to fear.
Maybe that is the problem. We fear the wrong things - the external stuff.
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28
We fear the stuff we can see and touch, but not the Living God that made us. Do we remember that we are created? We are born with a purpose.
If we did fear the Lord, we would know that we are sinners in need of a Savior. We would know that it is impossible to make ourselves good. Every day we fail. Every day people fail around us.
THEN we would despair for what hope is there?
We would look around at the lights and anticipation and perhaps...
We would remember...
"Oh YEAH! It's Christmastime!"
"Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
ALL PEOPLE! For unto you is born this day, in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
"O fear the Lord ye his saints for there is no want to them that fear him." Psalm 34:9