“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is ETERNAL.”  2 Corinthians 4:18

Christmas is a rare time of year that we can see our eternity, God’s best gift of a baby who became our Savior on the Cross.  What better reason to celebrate?

It was two days after Thanksgiving, our traditional weekend to adorn the tree.  My husband was recovering from surgery on the sofa with a giant ice bag attached to his knee, the kids were sniffling and coughing in true late November fashion and I had a splitting headache.  I pulled the tree out thinking, “Let’s get this done!”  We were diving in to speed decorating when my four year old paused with a question, “Mommy, now can we celebrate Jesus’ Birthday?”  Oh, the conviction that can come from a preschooler!  At that moment, he was focused on the source of our celebrating.  Though I can easily be distracted by circumstances, he was wondering when we can celebrate Jesus! 

The privilege we have as Christians is that we can celebrate every day of the year if we fix our eyes on beauty of the unseen.  We can live with hope that covers our fears, joy that trumps our discomforts, and peace that surpasses our comprehension.   May God help us to look beyond life’s inconveniences to see the eternity in Christmas this year- and celebrate!

“Hark now hear the angels sing, a new king born today- and man will live forever more because of Christmas Day.”

Molly Polding, Children & Family Ministries