With the warmer than normal temperatures, it doesn’t seem possible that we are in the last month of 2017. And as each year draws to a close the familiar question is heard, “Where did the year go?” But as we all know, time waits for no one and indeed, it is the time of the year when everyone is preparing for “Christmas,” in all sorts of different ways.
For retailers, we have already experienced, Black Friday, Cyber Monday; even Cyber Monday week, and the list goes on how Retailers are offering the many specials for that perfect gift for everyone on one’s Christmas list.
Besides all the shopping, schedules during this time are filled with parties, concerts, and programs. At some point it can be overwhelming to say the least. While the season is suppose to be one of “Hope,” “Peace,” “Joy,” and “Love” as we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ into our hearts, our minds, and our lives, it can also be a time of great sadness, especially for those who have lost love ones who were a big part of past Christmas’s.
Throughout the Bible, Christ was referred to by many different names. The Prophet Isaiah foretold of the coming of a Savior when he prophesized in Isaiah 9:6-7, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
The most appropriate name referring to Jesus Christ this time of the year is Immanuel, as it means “God is with us. So as we experience this wonderful time of the year, let us remember that as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us be reminded that God is with us, as truly, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season!”
Darlene Novotny, Interim Pastor-First Christian Church (DOC) Chaplain, Heritage Care Center