May the Light of the holiday’s true meaning reflect in your person.
[Yet…] There is no evidence of any kind regarding the date of Jesus’ birth. His nativity began to be celebrated on Dec. 25 in Rome during the early part of the fourth century (AD 336) as a Christian counterpart to the pagan festival, popular among the worshipers of Mithras, called Sol Invictus, the Unconquerable Sun. At the very moment when the days are the shortest and darkness seems to have conquered light, the sun passes its nadir [the celestial sky]. Days grow longer, and although the cold will only increase for quite a long time, the ultimate conquest of winter is sure. This astronomical process is a parable of the career of the Incarnate One. At the moment when history is blackest, and in the least expected and obvious place, the Son of God is born…”
~ Frederich Borsch & David Napier
I tend to believe the reason Jesus’ birthdate is not mentioned is for us to celebrate it all year-long. Our hearts emulate His love and purpose for one another. It’s in the giving of self that truly matters…
The angels heralded the Son of God’s birth,
Peace on earth and Good will towards men!
What good is it that Christ was born?
“Meister Eckhart once said: ‘What good is it that Christ was born 2,000 years ago if he is not born now in your heart?’
“Lord, we do far too much celebrating your actual coming in our hearts. I believe in God, but do I believe in God-in-me? I believe in God in heaven, but do I believe in God-on-earth? I believe in God out there, but do I believe in God-with-us?
“Lord, be born in my heart. Come alive in me this Christmas! Amen.”
~LIVING FAITH, Vol. 4, # 3
As we reflect on this miracle, reflect on His purpose to spread love, peace and good will towards one another. Believing in Him. Giving hope and of yourself to those in need, to those lonely, to the sick and elderly, to family, friends, neighbors and even to strangers. In this way, God will be IN you, God will be IN your part of the world, God IN us. And may it echo all year-long. Let your light shine ever brightly, let His Spirit shine in you, for this is the true meaning…
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.