Dec. 23: The Heart of Christmas

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West has always had a year-round fascination with Christmas.  It’s not just the presents and decorations that attract him; it’s the focus on the birth of Jesus Christ.

During an interview on Christopher Closeup following the release of his album The Heart of Christmas, West recalled that, when he was growing up, his parents always read the Christmas story in Luke’s gospel before any presents could be opened Christmas morning.  At the time, the waiting seemed like “punishment.”  Looking back now, it helped him realize, “There is no gift greater than the gift of the Savior.”

That’s a message West feels our society desperately needs. He said, “The chaos that has become Christmas is anything but Christ-focused.  From the advertising to the shopping to everybody trying to take Christ out of this season, my wife and I feel we have to make [Jesus] that much more of a priority if we want our kids to grow up knowing what Christmas is about and where true joy is found, not only at Christmas but all throughout the year.”

The day of the Lord is near. (Joel 1:15)

Open my heart to Your coming, Messiah.

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