Holiday Punch (Not the Beverage)
"For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time." 1 Timothy 2:5
Christmas morning, about 7-8 years ago, we had our normal family gathering. My mom, brother, sister and I exchanged gifts, had breakfast, and lounged around in our newly acquired pj's.
Like many other households around the country at this time, ours was suddenly filled with strife and disagreement. To this day, I have no idea what the argument was about. It was between my older brother and my younger sister, both of which can get rather... well, excitable. I stepped in to help calm the situation and got pulled into the swelling tide of dissent.
Stepping in, I asked my brother to leave. He said no. I then said something that I probably shouldn't have. I told him that he ruins every holiday. His response was one of the physical opposed to the verbal. After the punch to my face, I was able to convince my brother to leave.
This scene is probably shocking to some, all too familiar to others. When the holidays roll around, old feuds and grudges rear their heads and we can get caught up in feelings of regret and bitterness. But it is in these times that the cliché phrase of "Jesus is the reason for the season" must take on a newer and more profound meaning.
The holy God of love cares for those that irritate us. Jesus was born as an infant to show His love for those who ruin holidays. Our Savior died on a cross for your bothersome in-laws. It is in these times that Christ's love for us needs to be shown through our love for those that are hard to love.
So, when you find yourself in the middle of an argument, confrontation, or your Aunt's mystery dish (What is that? Meat? Vegetable? Footwear?); remember, you have an opportunity to be Jesus to those that are the most difficult to love, your family.
Posted on Wed, December 7, 2011
by Nick Nieblas