This morning we listened to Moody Church and Pastor Lutzer talked about the manger, and how Jesus came quietly into this world. Noone (other than His parents) celebrated His birth.
I thought about how the world celebrates Christmas and wonder - would Jesus be happy with how we celebrate His birthday now? Do we really celebrate His birth, or has it just become a huge retail opportunity?
Somehow, this Chrsitmas, I want to spend time with my family celebrating God's great gift of love in giving His Son. I want to make sure that we don't get swallowed up in the retail holiday. Does it mean that I won't give gifts? No, I am going to give gifts - but I want my children and grandchildren to know that the gifts I give are because of the gift God gave us through the birth, death and resurrection of His Son, and because of the gifts God continues to give us - health, family, love, jobs, etc.