Remembering Why Christmas Is a Time to Give
Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. -Matthew 2:11 HCSB
Long ago, amid chaos, uncertainty, and the darkness of the night, the first Christmas gift was given. It was a gift that would last for all eternity. One born out of love and mercy — a gift of hope.
God gave us His only son to walk among us as man, to perform miracles, and to share His message of a new beginning saturated in grace, love, and forgiveness — a message of eternal life. He gave us His son to conquer death. But it was a gift that would not come without a heavy cost. A cost that mandated He watch the brutal suffering of His only son and His death on the cross.
But sometimes we lose sight of that powerful truth as the world overwhelms us with Christmas marketing.
It seems our senses are bombarded with messages beckoning us to buy, buy, buy and give, give, give. Maybe you live where gift-giving has become a comparison trap or a tradition that has lost its place and meaning. Maybe something has closed off your heart altogether to the concept of “giving”. And maybe, just maybe, your heart has hardened a bit like the infamous Mr. Scrooge.
But, just like Mr. Scrooge, we lose so much in the hardening of our hearts.
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