"It's the most wonderful time of the year." Christmas is almost here! It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating Christmas in the tiny town of Lolo, MT. I can't believe a whole year has come and gone since then. The Christmas season is such an awesome time. The cool, crisp, air, with everyone wishing for a white Christmas (which is almost inevitable for Montana and Wyoming). Lights are lit, music is playing, and gifts are given and recieved. However, in the midst of all of the activity and excitement, there is a much deeper meaning. The gifts are great, but we must not let that be the primary purpose of our Christmas.
The true reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of Christ. On the night of Christ's birth, the sign of the star was given. Three wise men followed that star until they found Jesus, their Lord and Savior. They gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts. Upon their return home, they were told to take a different route. Matthew 2:12 reads, "And being warned of God in dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."
Once the wise men found the Christ, they went a different way back. They could not go back down the same path that they came from, but with this new knowledge, they walked a new path. During this Christmas season, grasp the true meaning of Christmas. Find the Christ is Christmas and experience the blessings that come from it. Once you do, you can do as the wise men of old did, and not return to your old ways, but walk a new path.