Holiday Reflections.  ‘Tis the season to reflect on the holiday season; to take time off work, meet with family, play, connect, open presents, relax and eat.  In the darkest time of the year, holiday traditions celebrate with Light.  Lights on trees, houses and candles.  At Robin Becker Coaching, we wish everyone a peaceful and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

I’d like to leave you with a personal reflection: things that come to mind for me in this season as I reflect on the meaning of Christmas from my Christian heritage.

“For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given. Isaiah 9:6,7”  These verses speak to the nature of God.  He is relational.  He is into family.  He is into redemption, rescue and justice for the oppressed.

“And the angel said to them, “do no be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David, there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. and this will be a sign for you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger”….(then a host of angel declared) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke chapter 2

I would think the “sign” would be the vision of a host of angels appearing!  But the sign was this baby, born in a dirty stable, wrapped in cloths. The sign was symbolic of God coming to earth to serve in the most humble and common of surroundings.  Born as if he were a lamb, the Lamb of God.  Jesus’ life was to produce joy.  His identity and mission was to be a savior – meaning to deliver, preserve and save.  We see this in his ministry 30 years later.  Whatever was lacking in a situation, Jesus did provide….whether healing, provision of food, money or physical needs, and the forgiveness of sins. Jesus was described as the Prince of Peace.  Jesus said His Peace He leaves with us….not peace like the world gives.  This is a huge comfort to me!  Jesus was God’s ultimate gift to mankind, enabling everyone to know God personally.

Then the final piece of this story I love to reflect on is the account in the book of Matthew, chapters one and two. It is fascinating to me to read the old testament prophecies that were spoken hundreds of years prior, coming to pass in the life of Jesus.  Also the symbolic gifts from the kings:  Gold was given to Jesus, symbolizing his kingship and used by his family to flee the death decree from Herod – a serendipitous supernatural provision to Jesus’ family.  Frankincense, a fragrance used by priests and signifying Jesus as our head priest…..and myrrh, used for burials; signifying the sacrifice Jesus would make to save us.

A lot of us have heard these stories since childhood.  As an adult, it has been so meaningful in my life to study and dig a little deeper to find gems of truth and the Peace residing in these ancient scriptures.

May your Holiday season be bright and may the Light of Peace rest on you even in the midst of our busyness.


Robin Becker