Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh Holy Night

I love Christmas. I love trees and ornaments, snow, twinkling lights, spending more time with family and friends, presents, mittens and coats, Christmas cookies, candle light services, everything. I love literally everything about Christmas (well, not the glorification of commercial goods, but you know what I mean.) However, there is one thing I love more--the reason for the season--celebrating the birth of Jesus.  

I know some of you may not be "religious," although I wouldn't consider my faith/relationship religious either, but I just want to put it out there that I feel like Jesus literally and sincerely changed my life and I am SO happy to take this time to commemorate the birth of our Lord.

In addition to salvation, I believe that God has come so that we might know what it means to love one another in a radical way. I know the church has messed it up (as it is full of human beings, not perfected beings), but I feel like this simple verse of O Holy Night has meant so much to me through the years and as I've worked with victims of poverty, trafficking and other evils, I've seen with my own eyes and personally experienced the difference Jesus makes in a life. 

Truly He taught us to love one another, 

His law is love and His gospel is peace. 

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. 

And in his name all oppression shall cease. 

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, 

With all our hearts we praise His holy name. 

Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, 

His power and glory ever more proclaim! 

His power and glory ever more proclaim!

I know it's not easy to make it through life without serious doubts as I have had my fair share of them. However, today, let me offer the opportunity to you to set aside questions for a moment, whoever you are and wherever you are in your spiritual journey or in life, and just sit a moment and consider the possibility of a Being who not only created you, but is crazy about you. I believe Jesus is wildly, passionately, unconditionally, forever in love with you, no matter who you are, where you're from or what you've done. (BSB anyone?) While you (or I) may not fully understand Him or even that love, I believe that He came to us as a lowly baby to serve us so that we may know love and so that we may have life everlasting with Him in a perfect world. 

 Merry Christmas and God bless you!

Nicole Jeannette  

1 comment:

Chrissy said...

Aww, this is lovely!! Merry Chritmas to you and your loved ones!!