Amongst this season’s holiday shoppers, amazing Christmas sales at all the stores and new things being released every minute (I am a victim of the iPhone 6S, and eventually the iPhone 7, don’t judge me), it’s easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of Christmas for all the wrong reasons.
I too, find myself stressed out rushing to malls to check off my list of what to get everyone for Christmas, and stress out looking at my bank account crying and begging for mercy. It’s hard to hear “oh I got so-and-so something, I got you something, I got everyone and their mamas something” and not feel bad and feel obligated to do the same. The joy in all the stress however, is watching the person receiving the gift opening what you bought them, and seeing the genuine appreciation glowing on their face. The gift of giving will never stop being awesome, even if the preparations for it seemed a little tough at the time.
Aside from giving Christmas presents, the best gift ever given was Christ, our Lord and Savior. Here is Luke 2:14-19 for reference:
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
An important part of our History lies within this Winter season. The birth of Christ, where God sent His son to a cruel and dying world, to save us from our sins, to give us eternal life, bringing salvation to all of us. It’s important to take a step back and remember this moment. We must put our problems, our heart aches, our doubts, on the back burner and remind ourselves of God’s great love.
We are so undeserving of all the gifts we receive each year, but as Christmas time approaches, be thankful for God’s mercy and His grace, especially through His son.
Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!