The Christmas season is in full swing, and what a joy it is to be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Trees are decorated, lights are strung, and carols are sung to honor the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
As you reflect on all your Christmas traditions, think back and try to remember your favorite Christmas gift. What was it like to hope for a gift and then to actually receive it? For me, it was getting my first puppy, Konner. As an investigative 7 year old, I had researched all the books at the school library, since Google didn’t exist yet, to decide what kind of dog I wanted to have as my very own. At the time, all I could think about is how much I wanted a Miniature Schnauzer. I had to prove to my parents I was ready to take care of a dog all by myself and show them I was responsible. I had full knowledge that having a dog would require me to sacrifice some of my time to do other things. When I opened a box on Christmas morning to find Konner, I was so overjoyed I think I may have cried. I had proven to my parents I could handle a dog, and they were giving me the chance to show that to them.
Yet, did you know there is a greater gift that doesn’t require you to show you are ready or worthy of a present? Did you know God has given us an indescribable gift in Jesus (2 Corinthians 9:15)? God loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son to the world (John 3:16). Jesus is the ultimate present. Giving gifts to each other is a reminder of what all God has given us, and I encourage you to give and receive gifts with this sentiment.
My hope this Christmas is that you can fully enjoy all the season has to offer, but I also hope that is a time for you to reflect on the loving character of our God. If you don’t know Jesus, my prayer is that you’ll welcome Him into your heart.
I spent a lot of a time as a child knowing a lot about Jesus, but I didn’t know him personally. I had to invite him in my heart, to work through me and to dwell within me. It was a relationship I had to cultivate through reading God’s Word, prayer, and allowing other followers of Jesus to build me up in the faith. By knowing Jesus, you will have a gift that not only lasts this Christmas, but also endures forever. Merry Christmas!
Principal, Alpha Omega Academy