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Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)

TITLE: All I want for Christmas is the ...Christ
By hazel moodley


Do we pack away the gift of Christmas as well when the festivities are over? Do we carry through the amazing gift? A gift birth in a son that makes every day worth celebrating.The perfect gift embodied in the Christmas message is the gift that keeps on giving , giving to the one who receives it and is able to be given freely as they have received.

What could one desire more than to celebrate receiving a gift so perfect and so free this Christmas. What gift this Christmas would compare to the ultimate perfect gift of salvation.A gift that moth and rust can not destroy .A gift that is not earned .A gift defined by divine grace. A gift with no price tag but the blood of a son sent with the heart of the father to return the children of the kingdom.

Mary was a young woman of purity and virtue handpicked to be the bosom bearer of the Son of God .She held him in her arms and knew one day she would have to let him go about his Fatherís business . Theologians and many churches will provide you concrete proof that Christís birth was not in this part of the year and you know that I would not even beg to differ this detail except to say give me any day of the 365 and I will celebrate the truth of the reality that my KING was born , born to die so that I may live. Christmas and Christians are contagious as this is the only season the entire world celebrates .Call it what you may but at some moment , the unbelievers know the true reason for this season. Does the church remember the true reason for this season.Much has been lost into commercialism and subtly our focus shifts from heavenís son to earthly pleasure this Christmas. Lets realign our focus and set our eyes on the certainty of Jesus.

What about you ? Does any gift even compare to the gift you already have.Maybe you took this gift of salvation and packed it away as well for the rest of the year where much dust has collected . Now its time to remember the genuineness of why you celebrate Christmas , wipe away the dustiness of reckless living and make this the best Christmas ever by living continually in the gift of Christmas. A renewed gift that surprises us every day with strength for tomorrow . A gift that glows through the darkness and carries you through to the morning light. Everyday the gift of Christ unwraps a greater step for you to walk into destiny . Donít lose the message of Christmas because you will defeat the purpose of Christ.

Christmas is and has always been an extraordinary time for sharing and giving. It is also a time for peace, love and goodwill among human kind. It is the season for celebration and for renewal. It is a time for us to forget the things that have divided us during the course of the year and to celebrate the things that binds us together. May this Christmas be like never before in your life as it comes to represent an oasis of Jesusí warmth and selfless giving. Let it be a time for hope and renewed promise, of joyful expectation for young and old alike, a time for the giving and receiving of the Lord and all that he is about.

Just as the first Christmas heralded a new beginning, like every other Christmas since then, may this Christmas offer a new opportunity for thoughtful reflections of the year just ended, and strengthen our resolve for the year ahead. This year, as we gather with family, friends and loved ones to enjoy the season, we must look back on the year, the promises it held and the promises fulfilled in Christ , reflect on how you made it through 12 months of trials , tribulations , storms , joys , blessings and renewed strength . All you must want for Christmas this year must be the CHRIST.

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Joanne Sher 11/22/08
Excellent point we all need to take to heart. Great images here too. Thanks for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 11/23/08
This really preaches!