I know Christmas is over, but I don’t want to let go. It’s like this every year. It seems to come and go so quickly. Before you know it, it’s gone. I want to back up and savor those Christmas moments just a little longer. One thing is for sure, I will continue listening to Christmas music for weeks to come, in an attempt to keep the Christmas spirit alive.
But inevitably we all have to go back to our daily routines, paying bills, going to work, and so on. Life goes on. However, even though we have to go back to life as we knew it before December rolled around, isn’t there still a way to keep Christmas alive all year long? Yes there is a way and the answer is love.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus is love. He gave up all the riches of heaven to be with us. He gave up His divine privileges to save us. He gave up all His comforts to die on a cross for us. He loves us beyond belief. And in turn He wants us to love as well. Love is a command that Jesus has given us. And when we remember all that Jesus did for us, how can we not love?
“Truly He taught us to love one another. His law is love and His gospel is peace.” That is my favorite line within my favorite Christmas carol, O Holy Night. The words pretty much sum up everything we need to know about how to live the best life, how to navigate each day on this earth, and how to be a good and faithful servant of the Lord.
So in the weeks and months to come, will you join me on this mission? Will you make love a lasting habit in your life? Will you love the Lord with all your heart? Will you love your neighbor as yourself? Will you accept the love that the Lord wants to give you? Will you remember just how much Jesus loves us, considering all that He has done for us? Christmas is one day out of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. But on the remaining 364 days in the year, we still have Jesus, we can still worship our Savior, and we can still have love.