Friday, December 21, 2018

Let's Have A Party!

I’ve heard people say that all the busyness and commercialism surrounding Christmas takes away from the true reason for the season. I understand what they mean. Since the kids were little, we’ve made instead of bought almost all of our Christmas gifts.

But seriously, let’s have a party!

A line from a worship song that pinches my heart every time I hear it says, “He didn’t want Heaven without us, so Jesus brought Heaven down.”

John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

And Galatians 4:4-5: “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”

I can’t think of a better reason for a party, (and I love parties.)

The God of the universe loves us. He wants to share Heaven with us for eternity. So, he sent his son down to Earth to rescue us, and that is what I want to celebrate this Christmas.

I love giving gifts to my children. I thank my Heavenly Father for all the gifts he’s given to help us celebrate this wonderful time.

Delicious, favorite foods. Joyful songs, ringing bells, bright, colorful decorations. Sweet, spicy smells.

I thank God that we use this time of year to get together with family, and to send and receive happy greetings from people we often don’t hear from otherwise.

I thank him for the excuse to share fun gifts with the people I love.

Like a child, I enjoy the heart-warming, mysterious story that surrounds the birth of Jesus, the old familiar bible verses and hymns that make me smile again this year.

I love all of the excitement and laughter and good times that go with this time of year.

Let’s have a party!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely, Kathy! What a beautiful way to express your Christmas joys. I do remember celebrating Christmas with you at Grandma and Grandpa's house. One year, you got a really neat table and chair set and I was so jealous!!! Your mom gave me a play coffee pot that had "real" coffee in it, that looked like it was really pouring! Great material gifts, but now I realize that the best gift God gave us is His son who taught us to love each other.

    Merry Christmas!