Take time to reflect on this Season of Love!
I thought you might like to see something our daughter Mercy wrote from the heart for her Dad years ago but it is still a timely message.
"He was bah humbugging the Christmas decorations and such, as he
does every year, when he doesn't want a tree that "takes up half the
and she sat up one night and wrote this, and gave it to him last night.
He had tears in his eyes after reading it.........and I don't think we will be hearing anymore bah humbugging around here for a while. She can't wait for her sister now living in FL to come home to us here in MN.
There has been a question asked every year around the holiday times.
Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ coming to earth. He was in a stable
with no tree,
holiday lights or tinsel.
So why do we celebrate every year by decking the halls,
and buying presents
for our friends and families?
I have given it a lot of thought and have decided that Christmas is a time
to celebrate family. Mary and Joseph were traveling back to their
birthplace for Christmas, and although the reasons may be different now,
many people still travel home for the holidays. More than that, God
gave us the gift of his son on Christmas. His family. When he came to
earth there was a new family formed (Mary, Joseph, and Jesus).
The first Christmas was a coming together of family in many different
ways. Jesus grew up and sacrificed himself so that we could be part of his
family, yet another example of coming together as family.
Still the question remains, why do we decorate our homes and give
We decorate the outside of our houses to make them bright,
cheerful and welcoming. Putting a light in the window has been a way to
welcome people home for thousands of years. Even the act of putting the
lights up is significant. It is during that time that most families spend
time together putting up decorations in each others company.
This is another form of families coming together.
Lastly ,why do we give gifts on Christmas? No gift can ever equal the gift
God gave us on Christmas. Yet a gift was given. Three wise men also came to
I think we celebrate with gift giving to symbolize that first Christmas and the wonderful gift that was given to all mankind.
Christmas is a time of wonder and magic for all children, it is written
that unless we become like little children we will not enter into the
kingdom of heaven."
DUSTY NOTE: Our former Pastor where we started the AWANA program wrote the following when we shared this with him:
"A wonderful message – I’ve never been much for the whole gift-giving thing, but this says it well – Christmas should be a “big deal” because Jesus is a big deal!!"
thank you...goes along with Christmas,,,
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
(Thank you Lord for my loving child)
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
(Thank you Lord for my dear husband who works so hard to provide)
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
(Thank you Lord that we have food & a warm home in which to abide)
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china &
(Thank you Lord that we can be together & can freely worship you)
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.
(Please Lord give me patience when I am weary & a tender heart)
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices
in giving to those who can't.
(Thank you Lord that we are able to share what you have bestowed upon us)
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all
(Thank you Lord that you will never give me more than I can bare)
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, cars, skis, skates & sleds will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.
(Thank you Lord that you always keep your promises and the gift of eternal life was given freely to all that accept your Son Jesus Christ who came to earth as a baby and died for my sins as a young man so that I might live forever with You in heaven.)