Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Perfect Gift


Has Christmas got the better of you this year? I honestly feel that for me, it has. I've stressed over making memories. I've worried about what everyone else is doing and what perhaps I should be baking/making/buying.  I've got angry with courier companies who have not delivered presents when they promised to. 

I've overlooked the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas was never about presents. Well not ones bought from John Lewis and wrapped in beautiful brown paper with hand-made gift tags (just to clarify, mine don't look like that!). It was never about a lavish meal, with turkey and all the trimmings. It wasn't about making sure that everyone had enough to drink and the little star on top of the tree was perfectly symmetrical.

Christmas was about THE perfect gift - Jesus - sent to this earth as a rescue plan. If it weren't for that little baby in a manger, the one that we sing about on Christmas Eve, our lives would not look like the ones we enjoy today. We would not be living in the light of salvation, freedom, the best gift anyone could ever wish for.

But it's not too late. Today is Christmas Eve and I'm going to spend some time with Jesus. As we watch the last number on our advent candle slowly melt away, I am going to thank Him for obeying His Father. Thank Him for living a perfect life on earth and for dying so that we might have life.  Life in all its wonderful glory. 

Jesus IS the reason for the season. 




8 comments:

  1. Know exactly how you feel. Sometimes we all need to take a step back and reflect x

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    1. Yes we do Steph and unfortunately Christmas is often so busy, we just never seem to find the time.

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  2. Not sure my last comment went through, jus to say well done spending time with him and I hope you enjoyed. Happy Christmas. Mich x

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  3. Fantastic! Well done S for taking time to 'breathe' with him, our wonderful generous God. Someone at church did a wonderful talk at our women's group this December on the Generosity of God and how we, as women, often need to hear this more than ever at this time when we spend so much of the month focusing on serving and giving to others. So touched me. The verse she used was from the story of the Woman at the Well, John 4:10: "If only you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking ME for a drink, and I would you fresh, living water" (Message). Enjoy that fresh living water, S! Oh and happy Christmas, dear beloved daughter of God!

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    1. Thank you Siobhan. What a fantastic word - fresh living water is the best kind for sure :)

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  4. Oops, I had meant to publish that last comment as me, Siobhan, not Beaker, but for some reason can't change the way it shows!

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  5. The strangest thing just came to mind. A verse you were given at your baptism...Jesus said ( to Martha) "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God." Most of us get our priorities all wrong at this time of the year. You are doing the right thing by becoming a Mary instead of a Martha for a short while.

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