For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9: 6).
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (St John 3:16)
I started writing this piece last year but never got around to finishing it. My memory was jolted as I noticed the layout in a store I visited today. Then I saw Linda’s response to last week’s post so I took that as a confirmation. I know Christmas is three months away but if we start thinking about it now, it could make that much of a difference.
About this time every year I start to be weary of all the advertisements, urging us to go forth and shop for the ‘perfect gift’. Shops and stores are filled to overflowing and the mad race to beat the clock steps up its pace. Thousands of gifts will be purchased as we attempt to fill the space below our Christmas trees with man-made attempts at Christmas joy. After all, “ ‘tis the season to be jolly.”
We can give all we can but nothing brings peace like the Prince of Peace. Music may soothe and lights may inspire but true peace comes from having a relationship with our Lord. The Perfect Gift became the Perfect Sacrifice over 2000 years ago. His death and resurrection have given us access to the only thing that matters – eternal life. What will you do with The Gift this Christmas?
As you make plans for Christmas, think about those who will be around your table who may not know Him. Why not ask Him to give you the right words to share His love with them? Think too, about those who will have neither gifts, family nor friends around them. How can you make a difference?
Inventory / Introspection: Many places of employment traditionally have a Christmas / seasonal gathering. Many extended families will share Christmas dinner. What will I do with Him this Christmas? Will I seek to testify of His goodness or will I be more concerned about ‘avoiding controversy’ than I am about leading souls to Him?
Practical Application : Sharing The Gift is not restricted to Christmas either … today is a good day to start a new tradition. Are you up for it?
Father, I am thankful that all good gifts come from You and that even when we see our jars as almost empty, You see room for a miracle.
Christmas is still weeks away but even now we thank You for the ultimate Gift – the very reason we celebrate Christmas. There may be are traditions that have been in our families for years but help us to prayerfully seek Your direction as we make our plans for this year’s celebration. Help us to trust You to sort out the bits and pieces we may be concerned about and above all, help us to reflect You in all we do not only for the season, but in all we do.
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