Guess what? Today is Christmas Eve, which means my hubby and I celebrate 3 years of wedded bliss (I’m not saying things have been perfect but they sure have been rewarding and worth every moment of sacrifice). So yes, it’s a special time for us. My hope this Christmas is to spend some quality time with my family but most of all never forget the meaning of the season.
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. My wedding anniversary is only one aspect — Christ is the other reason for me loving this season. During this time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ, the Saviour of the world who Isaiah, the prophet, spoke so eloquently of when he said:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Christ is truly the Gift that all of us were given — the Gift that could save us from sin and help us return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. I am grateful for Him. I am grateful for this Gift that was freely given because God loves me and all his children.
I often consider how I care for the gifts I’ve been given. For instance, I got a bracelet from a Norwegian family that took care of me while I spent Christmas in Scandinavia four years ago. I really loved the bracelet, especially since it was an unexpected gift and made in Egypt at that. But after a few months of excessive wear, it broke. But I never threw it away; today it’s tucked away safely in a drawer at home.
Though I don’t always take the best care of the gifts I’ve been given, I hope I won’t discard the most precious gift of all, that being Christ himself who offers his unconditional love to me and all those who come unto him. I know He is willing to bless you as well as you seek him. I know He will make your burdens light (Matt 11:28-30).
I hope this Christmas season we’ll remember the great gift we’ve been given. This Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year if we remember that Christ is the greatest blessing we can receive in our lives. Money, the amount of food on our table, or gifts under tree — these things need not dictate the quality of our experience in the days to come. Remember with Christ first, all will be well and we’ll be able to have an attitude of gratitude no matter what.
So Merry Christmas to you again! And remember you’ve already been given the greatest gift, even Christ 🙂