Hardwired for Love

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The Lord looks down in love, bending over heaven’s balcony, looking over all of Adam’s sons and daughters. He’s looking to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, any who are searching for God and wanting to please him.

Psalm 14:2

Celebrating Jesus’ Birth

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It’s All About Love

Christmas will be here before we know it and we at Hardwired are emphasizing LOVE.

A lot of Christians don’t participate in the Christmas holiday because it originated from a pagan solstice celebration that predated Christianity.

Gift giving celebrated the harvest. Mistletoe was a sign of peace and healing from the Druids. Even the Christmas tree itself, the evergreen celebrating life year-round and the red ornament representing an apple for the harvest, came from pagan traditions. The Puritans also banned Christmas in the early years of the United States because its traditions were originally pagan.

Add to all that, Jesus was really born in the Fall and we have plenty of reasons to not celebrate Christmas and Jesus’ birth on December 25th.

So, do we lie about Santa Claus to our children? Do we put up a tree and offer people gifts? Do we kiss under the mistletoe? Do we celebrate Christmas at all?

Well, Christmas isn’t going away anytime soon. So, what do we do?

It’s a personal choice. I did Christmas when my children were young. I didn’t celebrate Christmas to its full extent for years when they got older and I learned about the pagan roots of the holiday. But I got serious with Jesus one day about it and He asked me if I celebrated His birth any other time of the year. I had to say, “no.”

Jesus told me that I can choose to celebrate His birth anytime I wanted. And that whether I did do Christmas like everyone else really didn’t matter.

Jesus knows where Christmas came from and He knows that Christians all over the world celebrate His birth on December 25th. He said that it really didn’t matter. What matters is how I am choosing to Love Him and love others.

So, whether you choose to do Christmas or not, just remember to love Jesus and others. Celebrate your life and the life around you. Love like you’ve never loved before.


Jana Rawling

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