I didn’t realize there was really such a thing as a blue Christmas. Elvis touched hearts many years ago with a song about spending Christmas without the one he loved, but there actually is a day on the calendar set aside for Blue Christmas. It’s December 21, which is also the longest day of the year and the beginning of the winter solstice. There are many reasons to be joyful during this season as we prepare for the birth of our Savior, Jesus, but there are also times when we don’t feel so happy or sentimental. In fact, our emotions can run like the highs and lows of a rollercoaster. Some of those memories stir thoughts of those who are no longer with us. We remember happy times together as a family. There are thoughts of Christmases when there was more than enough and those that were comprised of homemade gifts and a simple meal together.
Jesus was born as a human baby on Christmas. He grew up like any other human child – worked beside His stepfather – played with other children – skinned His knees – and laughed and cried like children do. He grew into a man of sorrows, experiencing all the ups and downs that we do. This was part of His mission. He came to live among us and share in our sad times as well as the good ones. He knew and continues to know the human experience. He was aware of God’s plan for humanity and willingly laid down His life for all of us. A greater love than man has ever known.
There will still be times that Christmas brings on more of the sad, depressed, overwhelmed feelings than we’d like. We often pray that the season will go by quickly and we don’t have to feel the tugging at our heartstrings. Yet, we must honor the God/Man, Jesus who came to reconcile us to God the Father. This is the way it had to be, because there was no way we could purchase our redemption. Because of His mercy, love and sacrifice, we have a clear path to heaven – a place where there are no tears, no pain, no sorrow – only joy.
There is no doubt that Christmas time brings great joy, because we are again connected to God as forgiven. Still, we are at a time when emotions overflow. Thoughts of sadness, loneliness and emptiness will fill our minds, but the glory of God coming directly into our lives to save us, is more intense than any human emotion can evoke. Praise Him. Honor Him. Place Him at the center of your life and trust that He will heal all our sorrows and pain. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas.