Today has been an outstanding Christmas day at the grandparents’ house in Memphis. We have been blessed to be able to worship at church, eat great food, spend time with family and open presents. Yesterday, before we trekked south, we had our personal family Christmas a day early. This time we did something a little different than previous years. Before we opened presents, we read some Scripture, talked about God, and prayed to our Father.
I don’t feel compelled to “celebrate a birthday,” but neither do I feel compelled to refrain from conversation about God. The Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 states the following:
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
We talked about God as the Giver of every perfect gift and the fact that he gave us the best possible gift in Jesus Christ. We thanked God for the birth of the Savior and read from Luke 2. I was especially impacted by the angelic praise from 2:14,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
We thanked God for the tremendous blessings we have enjoyed as a family this year, and we prayed for those who were less fortunate.
It is my goal to make Christ the reason for every season. I want thoughts of God to be in my heart and on my lips continually, and I want my kids to grow up with this same recognition. It’s a daunting challenge, but it gives meaning and purpose to life. The difficulty of the challenge can not be compared to the value of knowing Christ.
Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Holidays!