"Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." – Luke 21:28
This has been quite the year!
They say that in many ways, Elvis Presley is even more popular today than he was back in the 1950s and 60s. He has always been either liked or disliked, with little room between those two points. I for one have been on the "liked" side. How about you?
One of Elvis' most famous Christmas songs was I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You. That has to sum up how many will be feeling this Christmas when they are unable to be with their loved ones. Some, in hospitals or under nursing care, will have few if any visits from loved ones. Still others will simply not be making their way to Grandma and Grandpa's house this year. COVID-19 has, of course, been the culprit in all of this. We can only hope that come next year, we will be done with COVID-19, COVID-20 and any other coronavirus that may be waiting in the wings.
Many books, plays and movie scripts have been written trying to remind us all about the "true meaning" of Christmas. Once in awhile Jesus may be mentioned (as in A Charlie Brown Christmas) but generally we are reminded in a much more generic way that Christmas is about giving and not about getting. And who can disagree with that?
So this year, in the Winne home, we will again attend the Christmas Eve service, open gifts on Christmas morning, and eat a grand meal later that afternoon (thanks to Ruth and her hard work). But we will miss some of our family members. It is just that kind of year. And I imagine your home may be much the same.
But these "blue" Christmases will pass, as will the white Christmases and every Christmas. For it is only a matter of time before "our redemption (that) is drawing near" (Luke 21:28) comes either by Christ returning or we going to be with him. And when that day comes then the King of kings will receive his glory and by His grace we will have the opportunity in small measure to offer it to him. That will be quite the day!