No matter how we may celebrate our personal Christmas traditions, for many of us, the Spirit of Christmas is unique and holds a promise unlike any other festival of the year.  If the birth of any baby gives us a sense of hope and of the miraculous, then the birth of this One baby, brings us even more promise.  As 2nd Corinthians 1:20 to 23 says in The Voice translation, “In Jesus, our Liberator, we hear a resounding “yes” to all of God’s many promises.  This is the reason we say “Amen” to and through Jesus when giving glory to God.  Remember that God has established our relationship with you in the Liberating King, and He has anointed and commissioned us for this special mission.  He has marked us with His seal and placed His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee, a down payment of the things to come.”

God made an incredible promise at Christmastime.  His hope, if you will, was that we would simply embrace His love offering of His only Son, and that our eyes would be opened to God Himself and all that He desires for each of our lives.  What an awesome gift if we receive it in that light!

So what about us?  What kind of Christmas promise might we offer in return? What hope can we deliver to those around us that may guarantee a brighter future?  Perhaps the greatest gift we could give each other over Christmas would be a real and intentional promise.  To encourage your thinking, I might say, “I promise to love you for the rest of my life and with that love comes forgiveness, encouragement, friendship, and kindness.”  Or “I promise to seek God with my whole heart in a way that will enrich not only my life, but how my life intersects with yours because our relationship means more to me than anything.”  Or finally, I might say, “I promise to try harder, to give more, to love myself and others more, to take better care of myself because I know it makes a difference to you.”

A Christmas promise doesn’t have to come wrapped in foil sheets with glittery stars.  It already came wrapped once in swaddling clothes.  Now if we unwrap that present, and find ways to pass the promise on to others, we’ll find that we never run out of hope, that we’re never short of opportunity and that we always can stand on the richness of this special promise.

As you get ready to sing Merry Christmas, to email Merry Christmas, and to bless someone with a Merry Christmas, think too of the promise you want to bring to yourself, your family and your neighbors.  Even your promises can come with heavenly light and a little chorus of angels.  After all, you too are God’s child and He is totally invested in your well-being.

It can be a more promising year for all of us…we just need to stay close to each other and to the One who loves us.  Let’s consider making a Christmas promise to ourselves, to God, to someone we love.  It could make all the difference in the coming year.  May God abundantly fulfill His promises to you.

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