Lights are up, the trees are decorated, songs are playing, people are shopping. Sounds like Christmas. Except for those few businesses that refuse to wish customers a "Merry Christmas" in fear of not being politically correct, everyone is in the Christmas spirit.
But what is the Christmas spirit? People think of this time as a time for family, celebration, and gift giving. Some would even acknowledge the attributes of peace, joy, and love.
But have we forgotten the source of those attributes and the true meaning of Christmas?
Some will try and say that it has become a secular holiday and therefore should be accepted as such. However, the very meaning of "holiday" is that it is a "holy day." The very name "Christmas" has a religious definition. It mentions "Christ" for a reason. Secularists who try and separate the "Christ" from "Christmas" are either ignorant or foolish. The whole concept of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Yes, it originally was the winter solstice and the worship of a pagan god, yada, yada, yada. We will not go into the paganism this time. But it has since been the day Christians adopted to remember the birth of Jesus.
Christmas is the beginning of the gospel message. God promised to send a fulfillment of His covenent. He identified that it would be Himself in human flesh born from a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6). As Himself, God the Father sent God the Son to give us God the Holy Spirit. In Jesus was revealed the true nature of God. Jesus revealed to us the mystery of the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). And also invited that all who believe - trust in, adhere to - in Jesus will not perish, but will have eternal life.
We can receive by grace His salvation. However, His grace is not received by those who have decided not to trust in Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of sins. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), however, God demonstrates His love towards us in that while still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Don't pass on the opportunity to be saved. All you need to do is acknowledge Jesus as Lord and trust in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (the resurrection that proves God's satisfaction) and you will be saved.
But you need discipleship and there are plenty of churches in Albany that you may go to and ask their assistance.
For your information
Trinity Worship Christian Fellowship at 35 Commerce Ave in Albany NY will be having a Sunday morning Christmas service at 9:30am. All are invited.