It was not the royal arrival anyone expected. And yet, Jesus appearance changed everything. In an instant, the Son of God became “God with us” – and over 2000 years later, our weary world is still rejoicing.
Today, as you prepare for Christmas, spend some time celebrating that Jesus humble birth prepared a way for us to draw near to Him.
What is the meaning of Christmas?
Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God. The name ‘Christmas’ comes from the Mass of Christ (or Jesus). A Mass service (which is sometimes called Communion or Eucharist) is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life.
But the true meaning of Christmas is to give up one’s very self, – to think only of others, – how to bring the greatest happiness to others.
What is Christmas like for the underprivileged?
Although Christmas is generally a happy time, it is also the saddest time to some, especially those downtrodden and destitute, the stress of this auspicious time can trigger misery and depression for many people because there is somewhat an expectation of being merry and generous. People compare their emotions to what they assume others are experiencing or what they are supposed to feel.
The biggest thief of joy for the underprivileged is in the indignity of not being able to afford the bare necessities, i.e. a meal for family, shelter, clothing or even gifts for the loved ones (which by the way, is a luxury for the privileged), therefore, finding oneself in deep feelings of hopeless. These feelings can be overwhelming and intensely daunting for any human being.
How can we help the poor during Christmas season?
- Do a good deed this Christmas.
- Donate to a charity.
- Donate to a food bank.
- Share your meal with a homeless person during this season on.
- Volunteer at a homeless centre.
- Reach out to older people who live in your area.
- Adopt a habit of giving and caring for others.
Our Prayer for Joy in 2021
Jesus. Thank You for becoming Immanuel, “God with us.” It is because of You that I can experience true joy.
I admit that it can sometimes feel hard to be joyful in the middle of a busy or difficult holiday season. But when the cares of my heart are many, Your comfort gives me renewed hope and cheer.
From this day forward, I choose to take refuge in You and rejoice. I will sing for joy because You are my strength and my salvation. In Your presence there is fullness and joy, and because of Your humble arrival over 2000 years ago, I am now able to experience the joy of Your presence forever. Thank You.
You are always worthy of all glory, honour, and power, no matter what I face, I will choose to worship You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.