For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Yesterday I wrote about putting Jesus away in the attic and why we should not do that. Christmas is more than a tree, decorations, parties, gifts, lights, merriment, food, cookies, and oh yes toy soldiers and Santa Claus. It should never be put away. Every year at this time many of you are busy taking down the tree and carting boxes up to your attic or in storage somewhere.
When you get wrapped up in this time of year for the wrong reasons there can be a huge letdown emotionally when it is all over. The time where we are to celebrate the gift of the Christ child turns into a fiasco and far from the original intent. Jesus should have a place of prominence all year round and the focus on December 25 should be Him, period.
God so loved this world that He gave us Jesus. Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly. He does not force himself on anyone. Just as when he walked the earth in his 33 years and many rejected and mocked him, so too today this happens. Speak up when people ask you the reason for the hope you have within you. Jesus is the way and only way!
PRAYER: I am grateful for Christmas time and love to have family and friends around but help me never forget what this day means and help me to let this feeling live in me the other 364 days. In Jesus' name. Amen.