1 John 3:22-4:6
Every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus the Christ has come in the flesh is from God; but any spirit which will not say this of Jesus is not from God…
Ever since I can remember, I always feel a little melancholy during the Christmas season. The Christmas just past was no exception. In fact, as the years progressed, the sense of something missing grows more prominent. Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is still a joyous season, to be shared with family and friends, and I thoroughly enjoy the festivities. But I find myself, along with the throngs of people, getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season to the point that the reason for the season was seemingly lost. So caught up were we in shopping, gift giving, socializing, that we forgot to take a deep breath and remember what this was for. In the throes of preparing for the festivities, rushing around to get things in order, we often become impatient or rude to others. The thing that saddens me most is how very few people greeted each other with “Merry Christmas”; instead, it had become predominantly “happy holidays”.
This sentiment has been slowly accumulating without alarming anyone. It came under the guise of inclusion and politically correctness. It is so insidious that it affects all aspects of life. We have become so careful not to voice or witness our faith out of fear of offending someone. Having faith has become ‘uncool’ and old-fashioned. Today’s reading has once again reminded me how we need to be vigilant, as there are so many factors out in the world that will detract us from our true purpose, true mission and true joy. There are so many voices in the world that try to detract us from our true goal.
Perhaps my melancholy comes from the sense that I am guilty of listening to all the false prophets out there and joining in the song and dance that seemed so enticing but leaves me empty. My joy is only restored when I focus on God and try to listen to His voice instead.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Winnie Kung)
Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray that we can recognize Your voice, and that we may focus on what is from the spirit of truth instead of what is from the spirit of falsehood.
Thanksgiving: Jesus, thank you for coming to teach us and give us the chance to know the true God.