by Mary Kittrell
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Glitz and glitter, strings of lights, silver bells ringing. Christmas trees decorated with balls and tinsel and lights. Christmas carols in the night and presents under the tree, from days of shopping for just the right gift. Friends and family, boughs of holly, children laughing, new toys, food and feasting. Is this what Christmas means to you? Is this what Christmas is all about?
Luke 2:7-11 KJV
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
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.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
Matthew 2:9-11 KJV
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
What gift will you give to Christ? God gave His only Son for you and me. He came into this world in the form of man as a child to live and teach, to die on a cruel cross, and later, to be raised from death for one purpose. That purpose was to save the world from their sins. However, He does not do this unless you give Him the gift of your heart and then allow Him to direct your life. What do you get in return? You get peace of mind, an eternal home with God. You will share eternity with His Son, Jesus, and the angels. You get joy unspeakable. What does it cost you? Only your heart. So, what present will you give to God this Christmas? Will this Christmas be the same as all before, or will this year begin the start of a new life?
© Mary E. Kittrell
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I love this piece Mary.If only everyone could understand and hold to the true meaning of Christmas, what a wonderful time it would be.
Hi Mary, Welcome to FW - Happy to have you on board. I like the way you presented this message - A much needed reminder. I find that most christians get caught up with the tinsel and the presents and I somtimes wonder if they really understand what Christmas is all about. I especially liked the way you brought it together in the last paragraph and leaving the reader with a choice. I enjoyed reading and look forward to reading more of your articles. Love & Blessings, Janice.
Welcome to FW, Mary! I am so looking forward to the postings of another Kittrell! Your husband has been such an inspiration to all of us here, and I am so glad you're here now too! Merry Christmas! Beth
Welcome to FaithWriters,Mary!!! Excellent Devotional filled with the Beauty of Scriptures and precious Godly insights from your heart!!!Great anointed piece!!! Merry CHRISTmas to you and Thomas and your Family!!! With Jesus Love, Dee&David:):) "Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Welcome to Faithwriters, Mary! This is a very good article. I enjoyed it and it put me even more in the Christmas spirit. We are so glad to have you here. I look forward to reading more from you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. In Christ's Love, Julia
Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful reminder of what Christmas is all about. Blessings to you, and welcome to Faithwriters!
Mary, thanks for bringing the Scripture to give the divine perspective in this festive season. When the world gets itself full of Christmas rituals so much so that Christ doesn't have any place, it us who must sound the alarm and call the world to consider Christ more than all the other things. Write on.
Welcome to FaithWriters, Mary. Love, your husband, Thomas
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