As a believer, it is hard for me to ignore the birth of Christ our Savior this Christmas. Yet this Christmas has come and almost gone without much mention of Christ. Yet much conversation focused on Santa or figures of Santa and snowmen, Christmas trees, who's getting what gift and how much it's worth, and the few times the Lord's name was mentioned (in conversation) it was being used in vain.
Even in one of the church services I attended Christ's name was mentioned, but all that was said about our savior's birth was "I'm glad we know the reason for the season." No mention of what that reason was...no mention that Christ's birth would be followed by His death that would save all who would believe from the penalty of their sin.
But this Christmas I am happy to be back in Wisconsin spending time with my family and my church family. I am grateful for my pastor at my home chuch who shared with us on Christmas eve morning about God's gift of His Son. And mostly grateful for Christ who chose to leave heaven, become a man, and bear the wrath of God meant for us (the sinners) which we totally deserve.