Not just because…
Creator God took on human flesh and appeared on the earth as a baby, Jesus, incidentally, fulfilling some 353 prophesies. Not only because He would grow up to die on a cross in order to save the world. And not just because HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD just like He said….but it occurs to me that the Christmas season is also a blessing because everyone (and their sister and brother) is blessing others with their words.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful season! Happy New Year! Have a prosperous New Year! Blessings everywhere! From the clerks at stores to people on Facebook, the generous blessings of the spoken word are flying out of our mouths with a frequency unmatched at any other time of the year.
Think about it, with the exception of the Christmas season, the only time you really hear anyone “bless” someone in public is when they sneeze, or from the cashier at a store saying, “Have a good day.” But the average person on an average day in any average season is rarely blessing anyone with their words.
I believe this could be part of the reason for some of the lighter, more giving, and forgiving atmosphere at Christmastime. Sure, there are some scrooges in our midst, but they are the minority during the Holy season. Two thousand years plus, and Jesus’ power is still alive and well on planet earth!
As Christians, we are blessed to be a blessing. No matter what the season, we are called to bless others with our words and with our actions. There is incredible power in our words: both in our curses and in our blessings upon others.
How many times have you seen an adult who was belittled as a child? They have no confidence, little joy, and a very small view of themselves. They are simply broken and spend the rest of their lives searching for something- someone to make them whole again. Many times these words of death, aka curses will set a person’s whole life on a course for destruction (See James 3:6).
On the other hand, if someone is encouraged and blessed with words (and actions) as a child, even the smallest truthful praises will produce a healthy, confident, God-fearing, respectful and whole human being.
This wonderful blessing is found in Numbers, chapter 6 in the Bible. Listen carefully to what the “blesser” wants us to have:
“The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.”
What if you and I had the power to give life to another person? What if we could sustain the weary one with just one word? Would you do it? We can and we should, but not just during the Christmas season, still, it’s a good place to start.
So, I say, whether it’s Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, Have a Nice Day, or God Bless You, let’s keep this seasonal blessing going. If we do, we will be unseasonably blessed!
Shalom, (That’s a blessing, too!)
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