“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” Lk 2:1-14
Christmas is a time of traditions. All of us have those family traditions that make our family’s Christmas unique. Christmas is a time of joy, a time of hope for peace on earth, but Christmas can be a time of sadness too.
Perhaps no other time of the year draws families together like Christmas, yet we often hear about many things that separate families at this time. Some of those things can be arguments, fights, divorce, overseas military service and death. Of the many things that can tear families apart, of course death is the one thing that affects all families. For most people, Christmas is also that time when the memories of lost loved ones, brings tears to our eyes.
Yes, Christmas is a time for families, and for Christians who have lost loved ones we recognize that this separation due to death is temporary. In fact, this is part of the Good News of Christmas. We celebrate the birth of infant Jesus who was destined to break the bonds of death so that we can look forward to the day we will all be reunited in the presence of our God.
We see memories of Christmas in our mind’s eye through the prism of time. We remember Christmas as little children, young adulthood, early parenthood, and perhaps as grandparents and great grandparents. As we pass through these stages, the memories change, fade and new ones are made.
Possibly everything profound that can be said about Christmas has been said, so today, rather than trying to say something special, I would like to just share one of my Christmas memories with you.
I think most kids growing up have a favorite Christmas song. My favorite Christmas song is a relatively unknown song. It is “Touch Hands on Christmas Morning,” by Mike Douglas. When I was a child I liked to have this song playing on the record player as we opened Christmas presents.
Sharing this song brings back memories of my childhood. The lyrics are simple; the message is profound. We all have so much to be thankful for. This song sums that up by telling us to “touch hands on Christmas morning, touch hands and thank the Lord“. It invokes a prayer for peace, “pray that with tomorrow, the plow will bury the sword.” Our world needs prayer. We desperately need peace. Peace in the world, peace in our families, and that inner peace that only Jesus Christ can give.
As we celebrate our Lord’s birth, let us be reminded that He came into our world and broke the chains of death, and in doing so He gave us the hope that those memories of years gone by can be re-lived when we are all reunited again in His presence in Heaven. This truly is the good news!
With the help of my tech-savvy daughter, we created a YouTube video with the song “Touch Hands on Christmas Morning” to share one of my Christmas memories with you.
Live in the moment. Make this the best Christmas ever. This Christmas will be a memory one day. Make it one where God’s love is present, peace is present and lives are touched. Merry Christmas!
Happy Birthday Lord! We thank you for the gift of your birth. We also thank you for our families. Bless us. Keep us in your care. Send peace on earth until the day when we are all truly home for the holidays. Amen!
If you liked this song it can be downloaded from ITunes or Amazon. In fact you can download the entire album I liked so well The Twelve Days of Christmas or just this one song. Click Here
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