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“Ayt” is a Hebrew word for “time,” at least loosely. It appears that the eastern word for time is more associated with the point at which something took place. It is not like blank, calendar time where we plan ahead or look at a timeline of history.

As this relates to this precious and holy season, and it really is holy and it really is a season, time perceived in an “act” could make this the most memorable Christmas season ever.

What if we looked into someone’s eyes for a “time” or what if we visited someone who is lonely and enjoyed that “time” instead of seeing it in an obligatory way, or if I dare say, an obstruction? What if we sat down at a calendar and thought about how we could make “time” work in everyone’s favor? This could take the shape of pruning our calendars or some other creative measure that would allow us to savor each of those plans instead of packing them into our lives like an overstuffed Christmas package we’re sending out.

In an ideal world, all this planning would turn out perfectly. But what if one or a few of these “times” bombs or doesn’t turn out the way we thought or doesn’t turn out at all? We could look at those “times” and turn them into another “time.”

Biblically, there is no basis to celebrate a Christmas season in December. The Jewish feasts were throughout the year. BUT, since we have historically set this general “time” aside to bask in our salvation and the incarnation through Jesus Christ, why not make the most of our “time” in reflecting on both. In terms of our salvation, we might stir up in ourselves the greatness of our salvation and its accompanying freedom every “time” we see a Christmas symbol. In terms of the incarnation, we might set aside “time” to reflect on a nativity scene and contemplate the glorious “time” when God became man and dwelt among us and through His Holy Spirit continues to do so in our “time.”

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