It's easy to contemplate the birth of our savior at Christmas time. It's such a wonderful story... Who doesn't love a newborn and a happy ending? To consider his death on a cross to pay the price for sin is a whole different experience. I don't particularly care for Lent... and the intensifying preparation during Holy Week can be hell. (Pun intended.) But it does make me feel at peace knowing that this time will soon come to an end, and there is a happy ending... the ultimate light at the end of the tunnel.
All Christians coming together with a common focus is grace... even if it only lasts a week or so... This is what it's all about. After all, this is what Jesus was born to do.