“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
I want to wish a big Merry Christmas to everyone today! Hope you’ve been able to enjoy the visit from Santa and the time spent with loved ones today! It’s crazy how in 24 years of life, Christmas sure does look a lot different than it used to. Instead of waking up at 4am to see if Santa had stopped by to leave presents yet, it makes more sense why my parents always said go back to sleep. When I was little, receiving underwear, socks or clothes was always so disappointing and now all those things are like acquiring gold. I used to have my cares solely focused on the presents and Santa, so jacked up on candy I snuck out of my stocking before my parents got up. I couldn’t wait and the suspense of Christmas morning killed me. It’s funny how things change. Now I’d prefer to sleep as long as I can and whether I get presents or not it’s not nearly as big of a deal.
Looking back at all the years of Christmas, there was one tradition that stuck out to me today that I never cared much about as a kid. My parents would always read the Christmas story to us on Christmas Eve every year before we went to bed. I never understood why they always made a point to do that but now it makes sense. In that story, the story of Christ coming into the world lays the greatest gift of Christmas, really the greatest gifts of our lives. The story that goes beyond just a holiday, that means more than any temporary excitement or present. As nice as the presents are, they never last, what God did for us by sending His Son into the world, the one true light that breaks through any darkness, the light of love that breaks into our lives and captures us, breaks the chains of darkness and brings not just temporary excitement but eternal joy and an abundance of peace. Crazy to think that God would give us that present when we are all so undeserving. I know now why my parents spent the time to share and enjoy the greatest gift of all with us before any other gifts were received. Thank God for the foundation they set in my life and even tho I didn’t realize it then, receiving this gift from God of being in a personal relationship with Christ and walking joyfully and in perfect peace because of what Christ has done for us and the light that continues to break through our darkness every day. The gift that changes everything! Thank you Lord!!!