Eventually, Mary was overtaken by gratitude to God for being chosen by Him. But in the beginning of God’s revelation to her, she experienced disbelief. She felt she did not deserve this type of recognition or honor. But she later gave in to God. It was not about her. It was about her baby, Jesus. He would save the world from their sin and she would serve as the surrogate mother of God. Once she took all this in, she suddenly exploded in praise and adoration to God. Mary’s manifesto toward being chosen by God still shouts, “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” 2,000 years later! How many more opportunities do you and I have today to exclaim gratitude to God? He has chosen us. Therefore, by faith, Christ indwells in us. This intimacy with the Almighty drives us to our knees in appreciation and awe. Because of this heartfelt joy, our life and lips cannot help but announce to a wandering world, “MERRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS!” and many more “MERRY CHRISTMASES!” Yes, you too, can experience a “MERRY CHRISTMAS!”
We can be merry because of Mary. Mary’s submission and obedience has given mankind the opportunity to be merry. “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” for the grateful follower of Christ is like breathing. It is as natural as saying hello or goodbye. It is the vernacular of the forgiven.
So, be valiant with your gracious greeting, “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” Indeed, trying to refrain a Christian (especially on the birthday of Jesus) from being merry is like telling a child who just received a favorite toy to cease from joy and laughter. It is not possible. It is ludicrous to think one or many can stop Jesus-followers from celebrating his birthday with a “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” We are merry Christians because it is a “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” We are jolly, joyous, and jovial because we are merry. We are cheerful and effervescent because we are merry.
You cannot take Merry out of Merry Christmas any more than you can take Thanks out of Thanksgiving. It is un-American. It is dishonoring to the one for whom it is intended. Therefore, be merry, so that indeed your “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” is authentic and inviting. It is good to not take “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” for granted, because it reminds us to not take God for granted. Be merry this Christmas. He is.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a grace filled life!
Taken from the December 25th reading in the 365-day devotional, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”
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