We cel­e­brate hol­i­days out of love

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - Dayna Spence Ask the Chap­lain is writ­ten by Rev. Dayna Spence, an or­dained min­is­ter, li­censed evan­ge­list, and chap­lain who’s served as a hospi­tal chap­lain and is cur­rently serv­ing as a hospice chap­lain Chester County area. Please email “Ask the Chap­lain”

No one knows the ex­act day Je­sus was born so why is his birth­day cel­e­brated on De­cem­ber 25th? Also, if the death of Je­sus is sup­posed to be the most im­por­tant Chris­tian hol­i­day why is his birth the big­gest hol­i­day cel­e­brated and most com­mer­cial­ized? Signed, Why Christ­mas


My girl­friend cel­e­brated her birth­day ev­ery year on the same day un­til she found her birth cer­tifi­cate and dis­cov­ered she was born on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent date. Had she not cel­e­brated her birth­day at all, be­cause she didn’t know the cor­rect day she was born, she would have missed out on years of cel­e­bra­tions in her honor and fond mem­o­ries. Chris­tians don’t cel­e­brate the day Christ was born, but rather Christ him­self. We be­lieve prior to Christ be­ing born all of hu­man­ity was in dark­ness, sep­a­rated from God, doomed be­cause we were un­able to en­ter heaven due to our in­her­ited sin­ful na­ture. How­ever, God’s peo­ple trusted in his prom­ise in the book of Isa­iah which said a child would be born, and son given, to rec­on­cile us back to him­self, if we be­lieved. When the Christ child was born, it was such a won­der­ful event that both heaven and earth re­joiced. There was a great light of hope that came into this dark world. Mankind would no longer be sep­a­rated from God due to sin, but if we ac­cepted the gift God gave us in his son Je­sus, we would have ac­cess to heaven and God the Fa­ther for­ever (2 Cor. 5:19). Even to­day the birth of Christ sparks joy­ous feel­ings of hope, peace, and love. God gave us his son, the most pre­cious gift we could re­ceive, and on Christ­mas we cel­e­brate this gift and ex­press our thank­ful­ness to him by also giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing gifts, as well. I be­lieve Christ­mas is the most pop­u­lar Chris­tian hol­i­day be­cause it’s the most en­joy­able, and also the most com­mer­cial­ized be­cause it gen­er­ates a lot of money for busi­nesses. Peo­ple, es­pe­cially in our coun­try, spend mil­lions and mil­lions of dol­lars to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day. Some re­li­gions and in­di­vid­u­als have a prob­lem with Christ­mas be­ing so com­mer­cial­ized, but I don’t. I be­lieve it’s pos­si­ble to have elab­o­rate cel­e­bra­tions and gen­er­ous gift giv­ing while cel­e­brat­ing Je­sus’ birth, as long as he stays at the cen­ter of the fes­tiv­i­ties. As far as Easter you’re cor­rect, it is the most im­por­tant Chris­tian hol­i­day, but it’s also the most somber. Each Easter we re­mem­ber all that Je­sus suf­fered and his bru­tal death for the re­mis­sion of our sins. It’s one of the least com­mer­cial­ized hol­i­days and it doesn’t gen­er­ate as much com­mer­cial busi­ness. We are not re­quired to cel­e­brate Christ­mas or Easter as part of our faith, and they are not Bib­li­cal or­di­nances. They are hol­i­days we cel­e­brate out of love. Bless­ings to you and your fam­ily.

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