A special note from our Parenting Pathway Blogging Community.
We have shared a journey this Christmas season. We have learned a lot about the tradition of Christmas and found new ways to engage in the celebration. We have spent time together as a family, refocusing our minds and hearts on the reason for Christmas. We have laughed, cried, and shared with those in need in our neighborhood and community. We have also pondered the sacrificial gift that God made in sending His Son to live and walk on this earth.
Tonight, we celebrate the greatest gift of all—the gift of faith. It is an amazing paradox. God sent His Son, our Savior, to do what we could not do for ourselves. God sent us the one gift that can pick us up, see us through the darkness of life, and deliver us home. This is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. JOHN 3:16, ESV
As we relight the four candles of our journey through the season of Advent, we realize that Christmas is really about the greatest gifts:
The gift of hope in the light that Jesus Christ’s birth brings to the world.
The gift of love, as we are reminded that God gave His one and only Son that we might have eternal
life with Him.
The gift of peace and the good news that we are able allow to the Prince of Peace to flood our soul with thankfulness and find rest in His arms.
The gift of joy, that we can praise and worship Him and find amazing joy in His presence.
All these gifts are for one purpose: to draw us to God, who made us, loves us, and desires nothing more than to be with us. The word Emmanuel means “God With Us.” Christ came to earth to seek and save the lost, to draw the sinner near, and to reconcile us to God. That is what Christmas is all about. To truly have the peace of Christmas, we need to let the Christ of Christmas bring us back to the Father who loves us so much he sent His Son for us.
It is our prayer that as your family draws around the Christmas tree tonight and tomorrow that you will take a few minutes amid the crinkled wrapping paper, the spread of gifts shared, and the special meals eaten to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for a Gift so special, so precious, it is hard to even imagine the cost.
We wish you a heartfelt Christmas wish of God’s blessings in your life today and the year ahead.