Every year lately (it may seem), its been you and Elvis singing “Blue Christmas” and Elvis hasn’t sung live in years. Why are the holidays and especially Christmas so fraught with “being blue” aka depression? Expectation, hype, tradition, pressure, commercialism, sun worshp, satan, I mean Santa and what he did or didn’t bring you–are just a few of the reasons. (If it’s truly the evil one “bearing gifts” you’re better off without them, but that’s a trajectory topic of it’s own. Hmm…maybe not!)
Ancient News Alert! Jesus wasn’t even born on Christmas Day! Sorry to break this to you if you didn’t know, forgot or blocked it out. Biblical scholars and even secular ones have determined Jesus (God sending Himself to earth as His own Son) was probably born anywhere from early September to late September because of the astronomical signs in the sky, which was in the so-called “Virgo” constellation (fitting don’t you think?!) and the scriptures about the fields being ready for harvest. Harvest in ancient Bethlehem on December 25th? I don’t think so! So we’ve already seen several reasons why Christmas isn’t really even about Christ. Hype, expectation, commercialism, tradition, pressure, sun worship, (near the winter soltice) and the wrong birth date. Sheesh! (Notice I left out the evil one, but don’t want to repeat his name!)
What if a group of folks announced to you:
“Hey John Doe or Jane Glow! You’re so great that we want to celebrate your birthday for thousands of years to come. And we’re celebrating it in July!”
And you say: “Um excuse me, my birthday is in April…” And they reply: “Whatever! This suits our political, old age-new age, sun worship and marketing plans to help businesses move their merchandise.” And so you sadly say:
“So it really isn’t about me at all.”
And they say: “Bingo! Oh you are very smart. But you’re a figurehead, so we’ll use you. Oh my, will we use you. You will be used! We’ll slap you on some–not all–greeting cards–though it will look nothing like you (because it will be Leonardo da Vinci’s cousin) and we’ll have a mass celebrating your death. Ignoring that you might come to know Jesus and be resurrected. (Or in the case of Christmas, it is supposed to be about Jesus Himself.)
“We’ll just celebrate that you’re dead, dead, dead. Then when we get really tired of you, because it wasn’t about you anyways, we’ll no longer have Johnmas or Janemas, (or Christmas!) we’ll just have Xmas. Clever, don’t you think?”
And so you walk away not feeling honored at all, in the above scenario. But they will use you anyway.
I’m not going to say: “So hey sunshine, (Son-shine!) be happy! (Though that’s a so-so idea.) But remember Joy is everlasting. Happiness is based on a happening or even worse, happenstance. Which is why it’s so-o fleeting. ) It’s best to go to what Jesus says in John 16:33: “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Glorious!
There are a lot of wrong things about about the date of December 25th as a day to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.” However, if you’re a Child of God or want to be a Child of God, or thinking about it, well it is a good time to reflect on who Jesus really is. In fact anytime is. So in that sense, the season of hyper non-honoring is good for the fact it is SUPPOSED to be about Jesus! And may have you thinking about God more, reading your Bible more and in doing so, some of the depression naturally lifts. Because God lifts it. These thoughts will prayerfully take some of the initial “being blue” out of Christmas and this hyper-often-fake-happy time of year.
But what if you have a propensity for seemingly unshakeable bouts of depression throughout the year, and the holidays–why don’t they call them Holy Days! Ha! Because most of them aren’t–The holidays just deepens it? Well I hope and pray to be back soon for part two. Having tech issues, but it is so important to just get started sometimes. Some food for thought and for your soul, dear readers. Feed on His Word in the Holy Bible. Especially His promises to you. You will find it almost impossible to “be blue” when you do. I pray this begins to help, because Jesus is an Everyday Lord. Not a Christmas day only Lord. God is to be honored everday. Because He is the Lord of Heavenly Eternity. And that’s way beyond one super-hyped, incorrect birth-day about the death of Christ. Jesus is about LIFE. And Everlasting LIFE.
(To be continued….)
at 12:56 pm on December 5th, 2015