I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “Her time zone is way out of tune in that Ukraine.”
No, while it’s true that in Ukraine we celebrate CHRISTmas on a different day than the rest of the Protestant world (we celebrate it on January 7th, according to the Julian calendar as opposed to Gregorian) it is not CHRISTmas season here yet.
I am not sure why, but I have always started “preparing” for CHRISTmas in the heat of summer. I do not do it intentionally, but I find myself drawn to CHRISTmas music and carols, and the entire anticipation of His birth.
The thing that always piqued my interest was… why do we celebrate His birthday only once a year and who said it is supposed to be on 25th of December or January 7th? Why can’t we celebrate it, say, on 13th of August?
Another thing… Who says we cannot celebrate it every single day of our lives? Seriously, if we are calling ourselves CHRISTians… I think we SHOULD celebrate it every single day of our lives. CHRISTmas is not just a day of giving gifts and getting together with the entire family to eat so much that you can’t move afterwards. It’s not about it! The gist of CHRISTmas is to celebrate His coming down to us, to save us from ourselves, basically; from the pit that we’ve dug for ourselves.
As I was writing this, I was reminded of a song… O Little Town of Bethlehem… There’s one verse that got stuck in my mind, playing over and over…
O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today – that should be our everyday prayer. Like AA people, it’s often one day at a time. Same with us – our addition to sin is even worse – and it should be a day-by-day, step-by-step process. We cannot really skip a mile in this journey (unfortunately…). But if we pray for Him to be born IN US today (every day), then He will be the One who would take care of us.
Anyway, I did not mean to ramble for so long but it kind of happened 🙂