I feel like a secret agent sometimes…. take a moment- process this.
Lil’ ‘ole me, an undercover secret agent… I so wish I had a picture of me dressed in “spy gear”, I would have relished putting that on here. The holidays bring such joy and such stress. I am quite amazed at the end of the season how many people have been offended by the words, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greeting. Let me rephrase that, I am amazed by how many Christians find offense at words that are actually a spoken or written blessing.
used as an expression of goodwill at Christmas or the New Year.
(Happy) Characterized by good luck; fortunate. Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: a happy turn of phrase. Cheerful; willing:
- (Holiday) A day free from work that one may spend at leisure, especially a day on which custom or the law dictates a halting of general business activity to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.
We know the truth of Christmas, why we celebrate it, what it really means, the symbolism, the beauty of the gift given to us that makes us cherish the 25th of December every year. We know that the calendar our Country uses, marks Christmas as a national holiday, not season’s greetings day or Winter Holiday. We should rejoice in that. How few of our fellow Christians abroad can share that same knowledge. We can celebrate it without hiding in a closet, reading contraband scripture. We have an incredible gift already, can we not in turn go on our secret mission to offer a smile in return to a well wished Season’s Greetings, or a Happy Holiday. Can we not use that moment to build relationship, instead of destroying that relationship, with a quip or ill mannered retort?
Can we still know what we believe to be true, without flashing a neon sign of disrespect above our head? Can we do what Jesus did, and love unconditionally, with deep affection even those that we do not agree with? Can you smile a heartfelt smile that shows the love of your savior, and share a Happy Holidays blessing back to someone? It isn’t a Biblical request given by God that we use the term Merry Christmas. If it were, a direct from the Lord, this article would be vastly different, we are not showing our Lord disrespect, we are showing our brothers and sister on this earth Godly Character, a smile instead of a frown, joy instead of anger, a merry response instead of a rebuttal.
The Lord who sees, will bless in abundance and could use your kind returned greeting to prompt a relationship that could be life changing and life giving in someone else!
Much Love and Many Blessings, this Holiday Season, this Christmas Season, and may joy overwhelm you in the new year!