As I wake to a beautiful Christmas sunrise in Australia, I soak in the peace and quiet and reflect on how blessed I am to live in such a lovely country.
While I’m used to a chronically ill isolated life, I’m so aware a COVID Christmas crisis is affecting so many lives globally and within my own country. I’m so aware this kind of isolation is a nightmare for many people.
Lockdowns, new COVID virus variants up to 70% more transmittable, border closures globally, quarantines over Christmas for many travellers desperate to return to their home countries. Home but still isolated! So bitter sweet.
This is the reality of Christmas 2020.
This is the reality of a COVID Christmas!
Can Christmas Really Be Cancelled?
“What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.”
The carol is based on a poem entitled ‘A Christmas Carol’ by English poet Christina Rossetti. The poem was first published in January 1872.
This is the last verse of the beautiful Christmas Carol, “In The Bleak Midwinter”
To me it is one of the most poignant Christmas messages and it means Christmas can never be cancelled. Not the true meaning of Christmas!
We are celebrating Jesus birthday. All our traditions of Christmas Trees, giving presents to others, receiving gifts etc, are all symbolic in terms of the birth of Christ and celebrating his coming.
The Christmas Tree represents new life, the lights on the tree represent the light of the Christ coming into the world. The star or Angel on top of the tree are part of the nativity story.
Giving gifts are what we do on someone’s birthday. Receiving a gift is symbolic of us receiving the gift of new life through Jesus birth.
There was no big family gathering on the first Christmas. There was no turkey dinners, no champagne flowing.
There was love and joy, wonder, awe, no doubt a little fear and much uncertainty of what lay ahead for Mary and Joseph and their new born son.
Christmas is, should be a celebration within our hearts. We are celebrating the gift of a Saviour. The gift of redemption, forgiveness, new life.
A True Christmas Can Never Be Cancelled But It Can Be Different
Christmas can’t be cancelled when we focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Yes, family gatherings may not go ahead in the normal way. The Christmas dinner table might be small, perhaps empty.
Unopened presents may be under the tree for longer than expected.
Perhaps the gift 2020 is giving us is the gift of time to think about why are we celebrating Christmas. It’s giving us time to connect with the real meaning of Christmas.
So much of how we live our lives is self centred. Do we really know what it means to give our hearts?
Do we take time to think about our true motives? Do we search our hearts?
We could use this time to think about the relationships in our lives. Are we adding value to them? Are we really giving others a place in our hearts or is it more about what value they add to our lives?
Christmas might be isolated this year, but we could write a loved one a letter/email letting them know how much they mean to us.
We can fill our homes with carols and watch beautiful carol services.
We have the blessing of being able to video chat with loved ones. What a gift! You could even all eat a meal together with tablets/laptops on the dining table. The options are endless.
Christmas and the true Christmas Spirit will never be cancelled. Not if it’s in your heart.
I’m going to leave you to ponder what it means to have nothing left to give of yourself, to feel the devastation of plans snatched away.
Yes grieve the disappointment, then step back and think about what it means for you this Christmas to give your heart.
This You Tube video is a beautiful carol service with an amazing message in the middle. It’s a great starting point for resetting your Christmas from a crisis, to an opportunity to connect with the true meaning of Christmas
You never know, you may have your own Christmas miracle as a result of having time to be quiet enough not to miss it.
God bless and Merry Christmas
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