Christmas is here! For unto us a child is born! This is a special time of year when we have the opportunity to celebrate the greatest gift that has ever been given to us. Two thousand plus years ago a child was born. Not in a hospital or the comfort of a home or bed but in a lowly, smelly, stable. It was sign to us that no matter where we are or how unclean our lives are, he can relate, and out of that love he desires a relationship with each and every one of us. He came from the lowliest place to take us to the highest place. He offers us the position of sonship and daughtership to the King. There is no greater position in life!
As you head into this season, take the opportunity to give your children a Christmas that will last a lifetime. How? Through memories that will never leave them. Some of our greatest memories as a family have been the times when we chose an unexpected family we knew who really needed help during the holiday season. We did some research on gifts for their ages that were popular and safe and went out on a family shopping spree for a few of each person's needs and a couple of their wants. Then we wrapped them all up and placed them in a large gift sack.
Next we waited for evening to settle in. Then came the most exciting part. We would each dress in all black and head out to their neighborhood. We turned off our vehicle's lights just before arriving at their home and then we walked quietly to their porch where we placed the bag on their porch for them to find the next morning. The never knew it was us, but on Christmas morning as we opened our gifts, our greatest joy came in thinking about the family we had blessed and how their Christmas morning played out as they discovered the miracle of Christmas!
One year, we were out of town for Christmas and didn't have the opportunity for choosing a family to help. Instead, we carried food to a homeless man we saw on the side of the street on our way to a Christmas feast. We gathered up extra food and delivered it to the parking lot where he was asking for help. There are lots of ways to minister to those who have less than yourself at this holiday season. You could even consider feeding the homeless at a shelter.
Instead of just focusing on gifts for each other this year, choose someone less fortunate and give them the gift of love. Many people at Christmas are lonely, scared, or brokenhearted. Surely we all have something we can give to make a difference for them. It's something your children will never forget and it makes a great object lesson on the meaning of Christmas.....giving away something valuable in order to meet the needs of others the way God the Father sent his son to bring us hope.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.