“Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.” Psalms 119:127
I love the glitter of Christmas.
The lights. The sparkle. The cheer and vibrancy of festive decor.
But this year I’ve been reminded over and over again that the true value of Christmas is deeper.
As the grinch would say, Christmas can still be Christmas without the packages, without the feasts, without the surface trappings.
It has to.
Many of us are celebrating with empty places around the table this year. We are choosing to forego the parties, the gatherings, the staff functions, the carolling, the shopping, the family gathered together under one roof.
Stripping away the glittery bits of Christmas makes it feel as though it isn’t Christmas at all. Everything feels ‘off’. Odd.
But – is this a golden opportunity to dig deeper than we ever have, and find the true treasures of the Christmas season?
Is this a chance to get creative and very intentional with our time, talents, and money? Is it an excuse to carve out new ways to meet up with loved ones, and think of those who are truly needing assistance?
What can you do this Covid Christmas season to spread cheer, and show how valuable God’s golden rule really is?
Here are a few ideas of ways you can add the right kind of value to your holiday this year:
1. Write cards: to local widows, singles, extended care homes, medical personnel, veterans. those in the armed forces.
2. Give. Charities are suffering from inability to hold fundraisers! Choose a cause dear to your heart and get behind it.
3. Support your local businesses. Order takeout. Find out who your local craftspeople are and take an interest in their work.
4. Prepare a care package. Put a box together of fun and festive food and drop it off for a single mom or someone who needs support.
Perhaps we will discover this Christmas that all that glitters is not gold. All the fuss and trappings and stress and pressures can fall away, fade into the distance.
And what truly has value – the love of a good God, and His commands to serve and love one another, will rise as gleam with the glory of that first Christas star.
Look beyond the ‘normal Christmas’ that we are all missing and find something truly golden with me?
Father, we have added a lot of ‘fluff’ to this season that perhaps has been pulling us away from the baby in the manger. Your Word encourages us to serve one another in love – and that has deep, beautiful potential to create a Christmas with lasting value. Guide us and gift us to look in a new direction this year. Amen.