By Pam Dudding Contributing writer
When asked, people often say their favorite time of the year is the Christmas season. It seems to bring out the “holly jolly” in people, giving is at an all-time high and kids are on their best behavior, awaiting St. Nick on that special night.
In Craig County this year, the one happy event that was always the kickoff of the season, the Annual Christmas Parade, was not cancelled and hundreds came out to enjoy the occasion.
Still, there is the reason for the season that comes first and foremost, and that is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior, the baby born to a virgin in a manger, the true spirit of “CHRISTmas.”
With the coronavirus preventing so many social events and family gatherings from happening, this season can become stressful for many and very lonely.
Still, most everyone is persevering to keep themselves and their families safe from the horrific effects that the Covid-19 can have on people while still caring and sharing.
Food Country recently put up an Angel Tree which had the names of 40 kids. Within days, they were all spoken for as citizens chose to buy gifts for them.
An additional box was provided as people wanted to just donate a gift or piece of new clothing for a child.
Additionally, the Department of Social Services is having a coat, glove, and hat and scarf drive to also provide for any in need as the cold weather creeps in. Items can be dropped off until January 31, 2022.
This year, the Craig County Rescue Squad hosted its first “Light Up Craig” contest, as many joined in the festivities, competing for the winnings, but also having fun too.
In driving around Craig County, it seems that more people have decorated their homes with beautiful lights and many blow up characters.
The delight of the season seems to be abundant.
Also, some have brought in the “reason for the season” with their beautiful manger scenes.
The Lord Jesus Christ shares in His Word in 1 Peter 5:7, that He understands hard times, and He encourages everyone to “cast your cares upon Him,” for he can carry them and most importantly, “He cares for you.”
The CHRIST-mas season brings a lot of joy to many. Still, there are the lonely and hurt that need an extra touch, so be attentive to those around you for that need. You may be the only Jesus they get to meet.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus Christ was born for purpose. He lived for purpose, died for purpose, and will come back again for his final purpose.
But for this season, and always, He extends His arms and His Word to all who will ask and seek Him.
For on CHRIST-mas day (not really 25th, though it is the day selected), we celebrate the birth of a child. But more than that, a Savior, one who chose to come to earth, leave heaven and join us, a fallen world of people who need “saving.”
This CHRIST-mas, seek Him. Talk to Him and tell Him your cares. Then listen. He still speaks. He loves.
And may you have a joyous CHRIST-mas holiday, regardless of your circumstances. May He add to your laughter, celebrations, and holiday cheer.
Merry CHRIST-mas and Shalom to everyone!