It's Christmas!

"You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father's face and tell him you have received His Christmas gift." ~John R. Rice

Here it is almost Christmas eve {already!} and I wanted to take a minute to reflect and be grateful, once again, for the most precious Christmas gift ever given. And it was given to each of us: to all of us!

Jesus was not only the baby born under miraculous circumstances, nor was He only a master teacher. He was an exemplar, a friend, a guide, and probably most important, He is the one who willingly carried the burden of our sins, our pains, our fears, our frustrations: He is the one who understands our every fear, our heartbreak, and every feeling that we have had or will have. And because He carried those burdens for us, our yokes are easy and our burdens are light.

I am so grateful for His miraculous birth that we celebrate at Christmas but more, I am grateful for His life, His death, and His atoning sacrifice which is His all-encompassing gift to each of us: the prospect of eternal life.

Let earth receive her king! Let each of us receive our king!

Merry Christmas!

beautiful picture by Liz Lemon Swindle


Ashley said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Carrie Page said...

Love this. I love keeping in touch with you, too. You are still one of my favorite people. Glad distance doesn't have to separate. Merry Christmas Jan!

Jori said...

Merry Christmas Jan!

Jori said...

Merry Christmas Jan!

100 Percent Cottam said...

love it! merry, merry (belated) christmas!

Doug Funny said...

Fascinating thought. I've been rereading Aristotle's Ethics, and he talks about how we refuse to receive because that makes us seem like we are low. It's a matter of pride that leads us to refuse to receive a gift, even as we petition our Father to bless us. He already did. Thanks for the mental jaunt; it will be useful in one of my books. Merry Christmas to you too!