Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Thankful Thursday - Dec. 25
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:13-14 (KJV)
Memories of Christmas past......
As a child I don't remember having tons of expensive gifts under the tree. My mother stayed home with her six children and made most of our clothes, fed us from her large garden and meat grown on our farm, and more. My dad was a farmer and worked hard from sun up to sun down.
What I remember is the sacrifices made to ensure that Christmas didn't pass us by. An especially meaningful year was the one in which my mom and dad bought all of our gifts from garage sales and stored them somewhere (probably the attic where we were all afraid to venture for fear of bats and mice) until Christmas. I received a phonograph - something I'd wanted for a long time. I was SO happy to get that thing and I played records on it for years. My friends laughed at my gift because it was old and used. I didn't care.
Christmas isn't about getting - it's about giving and sacrifice. Jesus Christ came to earth to be a living sacrifice for you and for me. He asked for nothing in return except that we take the gift He offered, FORGIVENESS. It's the greatest gift ever given or will be given.
This Christmas I'm thankful for that gift Jesus gave to me. I'll never let it go and He'll never take it back.