December is a very special month for me as it is the month in which my son David was born. He was 30 years old when we lost him.
I am so thankful that David came into my life. What would my life be like if David was not born? I would not have known love and sorrow to the level that I do now. I would not have related in part to the pain that Mary the mother of our Lord endured as she watched her lovely son die for us. I would not have been able to distinguish between what is essential in life and what is trivial. I would not have been as sensitive and caring towards others as I am now. I would not have the same longing for the eternal as opposed to the temporal.
Recently I have been reflecting on Christmas in a different way. I was thinking that if Jesus had not come, what would our world be like. There would be no Christmas trees to decorate, no stockings hanging by the chimney, no Christmas bells, carols or holly. There would not be as many gifts to exchange and children to wonder at the beauty of the manger. We would not have the hymns and books that were written about Him. We would not have the hope and salvation that we have. We would not have anything to look forward to. There will be no hope of seeing David again. “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” II Corinthians 9:15