At Christmas time, family traditions and activities can be the most fun. They can also be the least fun. Each year I can’t help but wonder what Christ would say about how we “celebrate” his birth.
The Advent-ure of Advent, allows us all to anticipate Christ’s birth by preparing for his coming, praying daily, reading Scripture and getting to know him. Christ was warmly anticipated, and spoken of by the Prophets hundreds of years before his birth. How amazing that we live in a time to celebrate after his birth and understand the beauty and sacredness of the Savior’s coming through Scripture!
Christ’s coming is for our hope (John 3:17), For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Christ’s coming examples God’s love for us (1 John 4:7-8), Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
I think of that scripture as a parallel of Christ’s birth—when we are born in Christ, we know God. We don’t condemn, we unify and love each other.
Happy Christmas to you all, and may we never forget the example of God’s love, during this sacred and exciting season!
Jude Mitchell, Church-lady