Have a Mighty Christmas

christmas-1010749__340“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”Luke 2:11

In the “Day 3” reading of Ace Collins’ book  25 Days, 26 Ways To Make This Your Best Christmas Ever he explores the Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” by taking a serious look at the word merry. In Old English the word could mean “happy,” or several other things. One of the most common meanings was “mighty.”

That set me to thinking about our greeting of “Merry Christmas.” What is it that we want for others?A happy, jolly Christmas? Or do we want the people we love and respect to have a Mighty Christmas?

 Do we simply want them to go through Christmas after Christmas laughing, singing, exchanging gifts, eating and drinking too much? Or do we want them to let God make Christmas mighty in their lives?

Do we want those around us to be caught up in all the trappings and traditions of Christmas, or do we want them to be caught up in the saving love poured out on us by the Child whose stable cradle was overshadowed by a cross?

Is a Merry Christmas enough, or do we want others to know the mighty power of God through Christ our Lord this Christmas? I’ve made my own little promise to God this year. I’ve promised that each time I say a cheery “Merry Christmas” to someone I’ll silently pray that he or she will have a “Mighty Christmas.” I’ll ask God to help them accept Christ as Savior if they haven’t yet, and to make their lives a celebration of our Mighty Savior.

 To make every day Christmas in their hearts.

How do you plan to celebrate the Savior this Christmas?