Buried deep in my childhood memories are Currier and Ives pictures of Christmas, like the one below. Subconsciously, I still tend to think of these beautiful scenes when I think of Christmas.
That, however, poses problems. First, Christmas is about Christ, the greatest gift that has ever or will ever be given. Second, pictures like that make us (me especially!) tend to want everything to be “perfect” for our family and our loved ones – and that is not reality.
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 much better for everyone if we have a grateful heart, focused 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)