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This month has taken on its own theme - unintentionally on my part. The theme topic of GIFTS developed. Today's post is about The Greatest Gift of All.
I can't believe it's Christmas Eve! How does Christmas season go by so fast?! It's so filled with preparation and anticipation, and then the big day seems to be upon us in no time at all. I have another day of getting things ready, but I hope to settle in and enjoy the evening when the family will be together for dinner and Christmas Eve services. Christmas Eve at my church is my favorite service of the year. After singing carols, reciting prayers, and listening to beautiful music and the message, we light our candles, the chandeliers are dimmed, and we sing "Silent Night". It's magical.
Every year I marvel at the gift God sent to us in the form of a tiny baby. As I set up my nativity scene this year, I reflected on how simple a scene it was, but also how beautiful. I realize December 25th was most likely not Jesus's actual birthday, but I'm grateful we celebrate it all the same. It gives us a chance to remember what our faith really represents - a belief in a God who would send His only Son down to this flawed and sinful place to save us in love.
The adult education committee I'm on at church puts together an Advent Devotional every year. This year's theme was "Songs of Christmas". My week was about faith. Here was my contribution:
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
When I think about this verse, I wonder, do we get as excited about this invitation to enjoy an “inside look” at God’s Kingdom? Do we realize who is asking us to join Him in fellowship? Jesus Christ our Lord is opening His house for the grandest tour of all to ANYONE who will RSVP “yes”. He has called us; He will keep His promises, and if we accept, we will be in fellowship with Him for eternity. Now THAT is something to get excited about!
Dear Lord, help us keep Earthly people and places in perspective. Open our hearts, eyes, and minds to the amazing realization that you have invited us into fellowship with you. Thank you for that invitation. We accept. Amen.
Tomorrow, as we give and get earthly gifts under the tree, let us remember the greatest gift of all...Jesus and His love for us, coming down to us in human form to sacrifice everything for our chance to spend eternity with Him.