What comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Lights on a tree or strung up outside a home? Candy canes and beautifully decorated wreaths? Or is it a warm mug of hot chocolate on a snowy day? The Christmas season can be so many things to so many people. More than anything else, Christmas time is filled with memories. The memories are, in fact, what really makes it Christmas to us. The memories cuddle up on the couch with us and warm our hearts. Sometimes, too, their joy is bittersweet, mixed with a harsher seasoning of lost loved ones and memories past which will never be repeated. Yet, whatever the memories are, Christmas is a time where they leap to our hearts and ignite our passions.
Luke 2 tells the story of a memorable night for the shepherds in a field, startled by the host of heaven. The angel of the Lord declared to the shepherds, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” And this is how one of the oldest memories of Christmas was born, shepherds finding the Christ-child lying in a manger. The long prophesied one humbled in the hay of a lowly stable.
This Christmas, we would love for you to come and remember with us. Let us—together, as the people of God—remember the promises God made to his people and how he fulfilled those promises in the coming of a little child. Come and join us as we celebrate God’s provision in Christ. Let us resurrect memories more than two millennia old, of angels and shepherds and wisemen, of a little baby who would one day save us all from the curse of sin. And even as we take time in the present to remember the past, these memories will orient us into the future, empowering our hope in God’s promises.