Today is Christmas Eve and it’s a sort of milestone for me. Five years ago, my life was a lot different than it is today. I did not believe in God back then and Christmas was a holiday about baking, shopping, presents, the hassle and the rush to get it all done. After all the work was done then it was about family and Santa Claus. We always had great fun but the story of Jesus was like a fairy tale to me.
But not anymore…
As a sit here this morning of Christmas Eve, in front of me is our family’s Christmas tree all lit up with beautiful lights. The space underneath it is still filled with presents but things are much different now. The Christmas season is still a time of baking, shopping and family but now it is complete, because the true meaning of Christmas is now part of our celebration. What used to be about a man in a red suit and a beard is now about a baby that God sent. A baby who was sent to earth to save the world. A baby named Jesus who was the the gift of salvation that God gave to us. He was the most perfect Christmas gift that was ever given.
A little while ago I was reading in my Bible the story of Jesus and thinking about how it was back then. Back then, they didn’t have sparkly tinsel, dozens of baked cookies or Christmas trees. They didn’t have shoppers running wildly from place to place trying to get that last minute perfect gift and fighting over sale items.
What they did have was a young woman named Mary and her soon to be husband Joseph, traveling through the streets on a cold night looking for a place to stay. Mary was a virgin and she was about to give birth to a special baby but because of the decree that a census be taken the town was full and they were turned away. So in a stable they would stay, and in a manger her baby was born, Jesus, God’s gift to the world.
As I look at my Christmas tree this morning I see the gifts all wrapped and sitting beautifully under the light of the tree, waiting to be given to those that I love. I think of that baby who was born so many years ago, how he was laying in a manger under the light of the stars a most precious and perfect gift of love. He was the gift of salvation, given to all of us, He was the most perfect Christmas gift ever given.
The gift of Jesus keeps on giving for eternity.
It doesn’t need sparkly ribbons or bows, all it needs is a heart that will receive it.
Like all those years ago all He is looking for is place to stay, nothing fancy is needed at all, just a place that is open…
All those years ago God’s gift lay in a manger, but today his gift lies within our hearts.
God’s greatest gift was given to you and to me.
This Christmas when you’re opening your gifts please don’t forget that the most beautiful and perfect gift was born all those years ago and is yours to unwrap today, and every day. Jesus is the reason for the Christmas celebration today, so don’t forget to invite him to the party.
I want to wish each of you all a Merry Christmas full of many blessings of peace, hope and love. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year,
God bless you, Terri
When you purchase a gift from the catalog you can purchase that gift in someone’s name and print a card to give them letting them know you purchased it. What a wonderful way to bless someone else by sharing the love of Jesus this Christmas!