Malls are packed. Parking lots at every shopping outlet are full. Last night on the news I heard that on average people spend $600 on Christmas gifts and that after Christmas there are long lineups of people returning or exchanging items and even gift cards are shoved in a drawer and forgotten and never spent.
I like the lights, the decorations and feel of Christmas, but something about forced spending makes me wonder what is it about Christmas that makes people go out and spend so much money to buy things most of us don't need or even want.
Imprinted in my heart - the time I was in the hospital, dying from the lifestyle I had been living, and He touched me....broke the chains that held me prisoner...freed me....gave me life. Turned all the sad into incredible joy. His Light shone in the darkness and His Light still shines.
The reason for the celebration of Christmas in my mind - the birth of Jesus, God's incredible love, a peace and joy that can never be snuffed out and freedom. Complete and absolute freedom.
Chag Molad Sameach חג מולד שמח Merry Christmas, Guys.