A Devotional

And on earth peace. Luke 2:14

There is a tree in the living room. It has colored lights, decorations, tinsel, and a star on top. There are gifts under the tree. There are other decorations around the house such as wreaths and a nativity scene. There is an empty glass of milk next to an empty plate with cookie crumbs. How did this happen when there isn’t a fireplace for Santa to enter? Doesn’t he always park his reindeer on the roof? We need to install a security camera to find out.

Soon, the kids are screaming with laughter around the tree, jumping with joy while they open their presents and play with their toys. Even the dog, cat, and bird take part. Parents are sleepy. They are tired from not getting much sleep last night and from weeks of preparation for this day.

Frosty the Snowman is on TV. Later, football will consume the afternoon. “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and other secular Christmas songs are frequently heard. You will also hear that Christmas is none of these things. The real meaning of Christmas is lost in other activities. Stop. Think about it. There has to be more. What is it? 

We know the answer to that question. It is from a Peanuts television special in 1965. Charlie Brown said, “I guess I don’t know what Christmas is all about. Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus answers Charlie with the following quote from the second chapter of Luke:

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.

Lloyd Shupp