I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you, your family and loved ones a very merry and joyful Christmas. I also want to say “Thank You” for all of your support, loyal readership and the friends I have made through the sharing of ideas over the last year.
While it may be deemed to be “politically incorrect” these days to say such things – the meaning, and spirit, of Christmas should not be dismissed. Wishing someone “Merry Christmas” is not just the acknowledgment of the Christian belief in the birth of Christ, but what has been lost in the political crossfire, is the sharing of love, joy, happiness and the embracing of our fellow man regardless of faith, race or political leanings.
Currently, the world is seemingly spinning out of control as terrorism, mass killings, threats of war and political indigestion plaster the daily headlines. While consumerism and commercialization of the holiday season has displaced the celebration of the birth of Christ, it is up to each one of us to remember the true joy of this special time of year.
The Joy Of Christmas
The joy of Christmas is found in reconciliation. Christmas is a time to reach out, a time to forgive and a time to heal broken friendships, families, and relationships.
The joy of Christmas is found in rejoicing. This Christmas rejoice not only in the celebration of the birth of Christ but also rejoice for all of your good fortunes. Remember, that regardless of how hard life may be currently, we are blessed with our families, our spouses who love us, our health, and our children who depend on us. Don’t take lightly all that you have been given and rejoice in hope that tomorrow will be better than today.
The joy of Christmas is found in generosity. While Christmas is often associated with a time to share physical gifts – it is not the quantity of the gifts that fill the meaning of generosity. Christmas is when we should be generous in deed, spirit, time and love.
Children feel neglected because we work too much. Most marriages end in divorce due to lack of communication, affection and commitment. Families become divided as they drift apart. Small acts of kindness; words of love, affection and praise; and setting aside our most precious commodity of “time” will be the most generous, and appreciated, gift you can give this year.
The joy of Christmas is found in hope. It is in “hope” that we will find the joy, spirit, and meaning of Christmas. It is in “hope” that we find the strength rise above the challenges that face us. It is in “hope” that we are open to the possibilities of tomorrow.
For each one of us the spirit, and meaning, of Christmas is found within our hearts. However, Luke 2:8-14 says it best.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
This is my Christmas wish to you:
May you, your family, and loved ones be blessed with health, your hearts filled with love, your spirit overflowing with hope and your voices rejoice in the spirit of Christmas.
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Lance Roberts is a Chief Portfolio Strategist/Economist for RIA Advisors. He is also the host of “The Lance Roberts Podcast” and Chief Editor of the “Real Investment Advice” website and author of “Real Investment Daily” blog and “Real Investment Report“. Follow Lance on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and YouTube