I've been writing the past couple weeks about our holiday adventures: cooking, parties, shopping, wrapping (and wrapping and wrapping), family, and snow. While all of these things are wonderful and fill me with joy, I'd like to get serious on you for a moment.

I want to share my faith, appreciation, and humility for the true reason for this holiday season. It is on Christmas that we have the opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The sacrifice that He willingly made for each of us should never be overshadowed by jolly old St. Nicholas or the price tags on all those things we want.

May each twinkling light on the decorated homes you drive past remind you of the star of Bethlehem that served as a guide to the shepherds and wise men so they could come and worship the newly born Savior. May each evergreen tree remind you of the eternal sacrifice and everlasting life that we have received because of His willingness to be born of the flesh. May each present under the tree remind you of the ultimate gift that we all received many, many years ago. And may the words of traditional Christmas hymns echo in your heart the joy and reverence that we should carry year-round.

"Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace. Hail the Son of Righteousness. Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die; born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth."

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas little Dottie. Thanks for the last paragraph.