Column: The true meaning of Christmas, by Senator Paul Scott

December 23, 2019

There’s something truly magical about Christmas time. Perhaps it’s the warmth of family and friends, the infectious smile of a baby enjoying their first holiday season, or the hope and joy in the air that hangs heavy like morning fog. All of these things are wonderful, but I hope you don’t forget that the true magic comes from Jesus Christ.
Joseph and Mary reached the stable in Bethlehem at some point after sunset. A bright shining star gleamed from heaven as a sweet baby boy was born. Three wise men traveled to see the new King, and an angel of the Lord soon appeared to shepherds who were watching their flocks and told them the good news of the birth of the Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ. The birth of this perfect baby brought with him the gift of grace and triumph over sin and death. His words bring our world comfort in times of sorrow and despair. His forgiveness and redemption is the true gift of Christmas.
The birth of a sweet baby boy changed the world as we know it, promising grace, forgiveness and eternal life to those who seek and know the Lord. My hope is that this Christmas season, we can all come together as one and bless each other in a time where our nation is divided. There’s still time to set our differences aside and reach out to a neighbor spending the holidays alone, feed a hungry family, give a present to a child in need, and thank a member of our military who has sacrificed much to keep us safe.
This year, our nation needs this season of hope and healing more than ever. While it is easy to find an article, status or comment on social media that we may disagree with, I hope you will choose to lend a kind word instead of spew hate. We may not always see eye-to-eye with our family, coworkers and friends, but many disputes can be fixed with a tender word, understanding gesture or simple smile. I challenge you all to choose joy this holiday season, just as Jesus Christ brought joy to the world with his birth.
The negativity of our daily news cycle has no place in this season of hope. May we all remember the true reason for this season and put aside our bickering and hate. Let the magic of Christmas remind us of what truly matters.
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve you as your State Senator. It truly is the honor of a lifetime, and I’m looking forward to starting a new decade with a great legislative session to positively impact the state of Oklahoma. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

*Editor's Note: Due to the print schedule, this column does not appear in the print edition of The Review.