Published December 12, 2017
"The Christmas Diamond"
Paul and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary on December 19. (Wow! Where did the time go?!)
All those years ago when we got engaged, Paul gave me a diamond engagement ring. It was an heirloom stone from his Grandma Heil's engagement ring and he had it reset to fit my finger. I liked the ring and the commitment it symbolized.
When we were blessed with sons, I quit wearing the ring since it kept catching in baby blankets. By the time our sons were out of baby blankets, I had put on enough weight that I could no longer wear my size five ring. It went into the lock box and stayed there all these years.
In 2007, as a Christmas/anniversary present, Paul got my ring reset.
Paul and I stopped at the jewelers to look at different settings. We decided on the correct setting and the jeweler wrote up the papers. When she didn't ask for a credit card for a deposit, I questioned her. She smiled as she told me, "I think you ring is security enough. You'll be back for your diamond."
I felt a bit foolish. I was so involved in the proper "setting" that I forgot the value of the "diamond." But I think that sometimes we run the risk of doing something just like that when the Christmas season rolls around. Here's what I mean...
I love Christmas.
- I like the decorations. The classic ones and the over-the-top decorated trees and lawns.
- I like the songs even the secular radio stations that are playing "Jingle Bells" and "Hark The Harold Angels Sing." The mall music bellows out "Joy to the world, the Lord is come."
- I like the feel of the season. The joy that you see on the faces of children. The excitement and anticipation.
- I like the gift giving. The expectation that someone cared enough to give you something.
- And, I love the food. I like the seasonal eggnog and peppermint ice cream. I like the table loaded with the holiday meal of family favorites.
I love Christmas.
But, in the midst of the "setting," do we miss the real "diamond?" Does the celebration of the birth of Jesus get lost in the surrounding props?
This year let's look to Jesus, who was willing to come to earth. Who was willing to become one of us. Who left everything, so we could have everything.
This year as we look at the decorations, may they remind us of Jesus.
- May the lights remind us of the light of the world, Who came to a dark world to give us light and hope.
- May the star on the top of the tree remind us of the star that guided the wise men to where Jesus lay.
- May the angel topper remind us of the angels in the Christmas story. The angel who came to Mary and told her she would be the mother of Jesus, the Messiah. The angel who told Joseph to accept and protect a pregnant Mary. It was all part of God's plan. The angel who told the shepherds about Jesus and excited them so much that they left their flocks and journeyed to Bethlehem. The angels who broke into song proclaiming, "Peace on earth, goodwill to men."
- May the songs remind us of Jesus. "Away in a manger...the Little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay." "Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn king." "Go tell it on the mountains that Jesus Christ is born." "Mary did you know...this sleeping child you're holding is the Great I Am."
- As we open gifts, may we be reminded of the gifts the wise men brought to the baby Jesus. May we be reminded of all that God has given us. May the gifts remind us of the greatest gift ever given, Jesus. Jesus, Who left the glory of heaven to come to earth. To show us the way to walk through our earthly journey. To make provision so we could spend eternity with Him. So we could have access to God.
At this busy Christmas time, I need to be reminded of what has value. It isn't all the "Christmas" trimmings. It is the celebration of the birthday of my King.
As we celebrate the season with our families, may we be reminded of a family 2000 years ago. Remember that young mother and caring father and a Child a Child who would change the world, One Who would live from cradle to cross fulfilling God's perfect plan with His perfect lamb, Jesus.
May we remember Jesus the perfect gift to a lost world.
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