Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas is a gift

Christmas is the essence of love and new birth. A new life and a new beginning. It is a time to give thanks and to remember what is important in our lives. To share the joy of the day with family and friends.

It is not about how many gifts we get but the joy of giving from our heart and the memories we share in the making. It is a day of faith and family. To remember the wee child born in the manger and the difference His coming made in the lives of generations to come after him.

No other individual has touched the lives of so many. His truth is still as meaningful today as it was when He walked the earth Himself. This day was the birth of that new life and reason we celebrate Christmas today.

The angels called the wise men and the shepherds to follow the star and be witnesses to His coming. To marvel at the most precious gift of all, given by God, of His own Son here on earth. Lying in a manger, bedded in straw, and wrapped in swaddling clothes.

He shared this humble stable with His loving parents Mary and Joseph, and the animals also sheltered there. The wise men brought the first gifts of Christmas of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. That is the reason we give gifts today as a symbol of Jesus' birth.

To reenact the giving of that blessed time. It is not the meaning of Christmas itself nor its true purpose. The gift of love we share is more important than any packages wrapped under a tree. As we celebrate our holidays we must remember the guest of honor. The child named Jesus.

Make Him a central part of the day. The shining star in our hearts. It is not just a happy day but a holy day. Wish all you see the joy of the season and may we share it the abundance of love this day symbolizes.

The love of a mother and father for their new born son. The love our our Heavenly Father for the gift of His Son to the world. The love of the shepherds that they left their flock to follow the star and the wise men bearing gifts of love to honor the manifestation of love, the infant Jesus sent to be among us and change the path the world through His great teachings and living example He set before us.