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A Different Holiday

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”—LUKE 1:46–47 NIV

Holidays, especially Christmas, can be a challenge for those involved in caregiving. Others may be less supportive than we would like. Medical expenses may make money tight—meaning that we can’t join in on as many events or buy the gifts we’d really like to give to others.

It’s tempting to be grumpy and bitter when life doesn’t go according to our plans. We’ve built a bevy of traditions in our lives, and now many of them seem threatened. Each of us may ask ourselves, When can I make them part of my life again?

Let’s remember that the real meaning of the Christian holidays doesn’t lie in social events or prettily wrapped packages. Nor does it consist of cozy family gatherings and enjoyable memories. A real celebration is a holy day, a day committed to Christ, in remembrance of the biblical events it commemorates.

Perhaps this year it’s time to celebrate more quietly and worshipfully—a celebration in gentle candlelight rather than glaring Christmas bulbs. We can worship Jesus anytime, any place, in any light.

Let’s make this holiday different. Better.

Thank You, Lord, for loving me, no matter what my life looks like right now. I want to celebrate the joy You bring despite my circumstances.

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