PUCKETT: Are you listening to the Christmas music?

Published 9:18 am Monday, December 18, 2017

It is amazing that every year, soon after Thanksgiving, we are barraged with almost endless Christmas music.

It is more amazing that the songs we listen to are the same ones we listened to last year, and the year before. We seem not to mind this repetition, while in almost every other area, we demand something new.

We resonate with a song about some disenfranchised reindeer who was being abused and rejected. Yet, on one occasion, the circumstances flip and the object of derision becomes the very thing to save the day.

All of us are warmed by that story, and gain some hope for ourselves.

Most of the time, we dislike people talking about coming snow storms, but one song so idealizes snow that we can hardly wait to see it fall, and maybe even strand us in some cozy setting.

There are even reminders that our moral behavior does matter. Can you believe that anybody gets away with saying, “Be good for goodness sake”? The prize of reward for good conduct challenges us all.

We build snowmen and hope that just one time that “old silk hat” might produce some magic.

We sing of a “Silent Night” and remember the story during World War II when some German soldiers and Allied soldiers joined in singing a common Christmas song. They laid down their arms and, for a few short hours, joined together celebrating this special occasion of Christmas.

It is a special time of the year. Generosity abounds. We want to see everyone warm and filled during these special days, and we go out of our way to do good things that we may not take time for any other time of the year.

We speak of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” We all desire peace within our family, our friends and our neighbors. But, most of all, we might be reminded that we, too, need deep inner peace.

Christmastime does promote good will among people. But let us not forget nor pass by the fact that the real purpose and meaning of Christmas is that Almighty God gifted us with his virgin-born son, so that, through Jesus Christ, we can all have peace with God if we accept him as our savior.

That is the most important thing.

Dan Puckett works with road team operations at Life Action Ministries in Buchanan.