If you are like me, Christmas brings back childhood memories and, so often, Currier and Ives pictures of Christmas, like the beautiful one below.
However, I am sure that no one will have a completely perfect day today, like we long for when we see such happy, wholesome scenes.
We do have reality. Kids (and adults!) will get cranky waiting on the Christmas dinner, brothers and sisters will fight over the new toys, someone will say something hurtful, and on and on with our all too human imperfections. That is reality.
The far greater reality is that Christmas is about Christ, the greatest gift that has ever or will ever be given. Reality is that God loved the world so much that He sent His son Jesus to be our Savior and our Redeemer, to show us the way to live as God would have us live. (That’s the famous “John 3:16” verse.)
How wonderful if we cultivate a grateful heart — in the midst of Christmas day imperfections. We can, if we choose, focus on thanking and praising our loving Heavenly Father for loving us so!
Dear Father in Heaven,
Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus into this broken world, to show by His example how we are to live. Help me to be a channel of Your love to everyone I see. Help me please You with the “words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart” on this, the most beautiful day. Happy birthday, Jesus! I love You!
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (New International Version, 1973)