Written by cycleguy on December 23rd, 2012

I started on a journey the day after Thanksgiving of writing a post about Christmas each day.  I was joined by two cohorts in crime: Sele and Ed.  :)  I want to thank them for joining me. This will be my final post (I think) in that journey.  Of course, you know how preachers are: when they say  “In Conclusion” that means they are only getting started.  I have tried hard in my preaching to never allow that to be said of me.  😉  I think I have succeeded in that.  And at this point, I am thinking this will be my last post for this Christmas season.  If so, I ought to make it a good one.  I don’t know if I can pull that one off, but I can leave you with some thoughts.

First, Jesus is NOT the “Reason for the Season.”  I know, I know.  I can hear the protests now.  It is a pet peeve of mine to be honest.  In fact, I cringe whenever I hear or see that.  Jesus is not the reason for the season.  We are.  He is the Meaning of the Season.  (If someone markets that I want dibs).  Seriously, He came to earth as a baby for us.  We needed a way out of the hole we were in (sin) and the only way it could be accomplished was not by a lamb, but by THE Lamb.  Like the old classic by David Meece that is usually sung at Easter time: “We are the reason that He gave His life/ We are the reason He suffered and died.”  That makes iT doubly clear that we are the reason He came-the reason for this season.  So enjoy this Christmas season but keep in mind that it all happened because of us…and the love of the Father toward us.

Second, have a Christmas celebration filled with good things: good friends, good food, and good memories.   In all of your celebrating, remember the Christ who came.  Celebrate Him.

I pray that you and those you love will have a time of celebration filled with life, laughter, and love.  Thanks to all of you who read my blog and take the time to comment.  Thanks to you who “lurk.”  I deeply appreciate your presence here at Cycleguy’s Spin.

I leave you with what is probably my favorite Christmas song of all.  This is one of many versions, it is probably my favorite.   Enjoy. 



 I will be back some time after Christmas.  My two daughters, grandson and sister-in-law are all visiting so I am not sure about posting.  Then again, I may want some sanity and find myself drawn to my office.   :)


23 Comments so far ↓

  1. Betty Draper says:

    Thanks brother for all the Christmas post…Merry Christmas…

  2. Daniel says:

    Merry Christmas to you too Bill. I have enjoyed our year “together”. Looking forward to exchanging ideas with you next year.

  3. Merry Christmas, Bill. I hope you have a great one!!!

  4. Susan says:

    Thank you, Bill, and a Merry Christmas to you. Thank you for your thoughts on the Reason for the Season – that has long annoyed me, but I did not know why. I’m going to post a link to this post on my FB page. Blessings beyond counting for you and your family.

    • cycleguy says:

      Well thank you Susan. I am honored that you would post this on your fb page. Praying you and your family have a terrific Christmas celebration.

  5. floyd says:

    Good job on the posts. Yeah, I love that song too. Enjoy the blessings from God of family and the wisdom to grasp even slightly the good will of our Father. Merry Christmas.

  6. Tami Grandi says:

    sanity no- but quiet yes :)

  7. David Rupert says:

    Even if the modern-day Christmas consumerism is abomination, there is still plenty of good in the time of year. Call it anything you want, but anything that tries to bring families together, promote a little cheer, and get our eyes of ourselves is a good things.

    Merry Christmas Bill. You are a good pastor, a great writer and a genuine man of God.

    • cycleguy says:

      I agree with you David. Not everything is bad. I’d like to see us embrace more of the good. Thanks so much for your kind words. I consider them quite an honor coming from you as a writer.

  8. Adam says:

    Amen Bill! Merry Christmas to you and may you have a blessed time with your family.

  9. Jan says:

    All of your posts have been wonderful! This is my favorite month of your blogs :) Enjoy your family! I’m so glad you will all be together. Thanks for always giving me the encouragement I need somedays.

  10. Jeff says:

    Merry Christmas

  11. Merry Christmas Bill!


  12. Debbie says:

    I love that about Jesus being the meaning for the season and we being the reason. :) You are so wise! Thank you for blessing us along to Christmas. I really appreciated the posts! God bless you and your family, Pastor Bill!

  13. Hope you had a Merry Christmas. I’m just catching up on my blog reading now :)
    I had never really thought of the difference between the meaning of the season and the reason for the season, but that’s pretty insightful.