10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
My wife and I got engaged at Christmas. She loves to tell the story of the “no-proposal proposal.” Waiting for her under the tree that Christmas was a large box with several smaller boxes inside. Eventually she reached the last box and discovered a ring. Soon it was on the finger and I exclaimed it was too late, she said a defacto “yes” when the ring went on. No backsies. I never have been very good at the romance in life but, regardless of how the story is told, it has been a time for celebration ever since. This Christmas we celebrate the 10th anniversary of that Christmas and my wife still says she’s waiting for that proposal. She’s bound to get it sooner or later.
Our passage recognizes how good it is to celebrate with our loved ones. The world is a rough place but God has done amazing things to give us a reason to celebrate. The poet writes, “I know that there is nothing better for people to be happy and do good while they live.” Satisfaction in your life is a gift from God.
Christmas with your family is a reason for celebration. The older we get, the more we relish these family times. What place are you at in life right now? Maybe you’re the one who’s thinking more about hustling and bustling the kids around and you’re just looking to survive Christmas. Perhaps you’re the one who’s noticing who is no longer around this Christmas as you miss your loved ones who have gone on to their eternal home before you. Or maybe you’re the one who’s right in the thick of it and realizing that those you are celebrating Christmas with this year won’t always be with you and you want to make the most of it. Wherever you are this year, maybe it’s time to slow down and celebrate with your family. There isn’t much else as important as the time you have now.
As you pray today, ask God to help you slow down and take it all in this Christmas. Think of your family and realize that these moments don’t last forever and they may not be able to be found next year. Don’t let these moments with your family slip away.