With the Holiday Season in full roar, we are once again faced with the dilemma of keeping focused on the truth and beauty of the Christmas spirit. I listen to news casts talk about the sales forecasts and how shoppers aren't spending like they used to. I often laugh to myself when I hear silly statements like that. Here we are, in the middle of the most uncomfortable financial times of our generation, seeing the highest unemployment rates, highest homeless rates and people worry about how little we are spending on gifts.
Maybe, just maybe, it has been the over spending on gifts (and a heck of a lot of other stuff) that has put us in this situation. Maybe this year more families will spend time discussing the joy and value of breaking bread together, the role and birth of Jesus Christ in our life and finding happiness and comfort in the simpler things of life.
Save yourselves from this corrupt generation. Acts 2:40
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let Earth receive her king, let every heart prepare Him room. During this joyous time of year for Christians, instead of spreading the holiday cheer that so many encourage us to do, instead, let's spread the joy of knowing a loving God that has saved us through mercy and grace. The greatest gift we can give to our loved ones is that of eternal life, with Christ, in Heaven. If we don't share that with the ones we love, who will?
Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
I pray that if you might receive just one gift this year that it may be Holy Spirit. God loves you and so do I.