The Christmas season comes upon us so quickly - it seems like we delay its arrival for so long, until finally we realize that we are running out of time! Up goes the tree, the lights, the garland. The gifts get purchased in several big trips to the mall, or in lengthy online shopping extravaganzas, and the kitchen is stocked with all the favourite sweets and treats for the holiday season.
Sadly, sometimes I get so busy preparing my house for Christmas that I forget to make room for Christ. I think that is why I am so impacted when we sing, “Let every heart prepare him room!”, because I can so easily fail to do so.
One of my favourite songs to listen to at Christmas is a re-write of the song, “Auld Lang Syne” by Kings Kaleidoscope. The tune is familiar to most – the song is traditionally sung at midnight on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the close of one year and the beginning of the next, and is loosely translated, "For the Sake of Old Times"
In this rendition from Kings Kaleidoscope, the first stanza reads:
Should nothing of our efforts stand, no legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house, in vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain, tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn, all glory be to Christ!
Many of us might be tempted to make Christmas about us – about what we can add to the season through our efforts and our planning. But this song reminds me that there is nothing that you or I could do to add to Christ's birth, His life or His death that can make Christmas more than what it is.
In the final verse of the song we read:
When on the day the great I Am, the faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain, is making all things new.
Behold our God shall live with us and be our steadfast light
And we shall ere his people be, all glory be to Christ!
Christ who came to be our Saviour and fulfill the prophecy laid out in the Old Testament; to complete the story of redemption that God had first begun to write back in the garden of Eden. This song reminds me that although Christ entered the world as a tiny baby, He came to have glorious dominion over sin and death, and He is indeed making all things new.
This year as we celebrate a Simple Christmas at Calvary, I invite you to remember again that all glory belongs to Christ - not to us, or to our decorations or to the gifts we choose` - but to Christ alone.