Christmas! A special time set aside to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ, the Hope of all mankind. Jesus Christ, my personal Savior and yours too … if you’ve allowed Him in your heart.
I’m telling you, I get all excited just thinking about Jesus Christ and what His love has done for me. The other night while driving to town I began thanking Jesus for “keeping me all together.” I’ve made no secret that I was a hopeless and broken mess of a person before Jesus bathed my heart with His love and my mind with His peace.
What a difference Jesus Christ has made in my life … and that’s why I want to tell the whole world if the stresses of life are ‘getting’ to you … cry out to Jesus. If you’re on the verge of losing your mind … cry out to Jesus. If you’re desperate for a change in your life … cry out to Jesus. No one else can do for you, what Jesus can do. And that’s the truth.
This Christmas, like millions of other families, my family will gather together to rejoice and celebrate the birth of Jesus. First, we’ll enjoy our traditional Christmas Eve dinner and afterwards we’ll gather together in the den for the highlight of our Christmas celebration. As usual, the children will sit in a semi-circle on the floor so that the adults can have the comfortable seats.
After everyone has settled down, and a hush fills the room, a member of the family will stand and read the Christmas story from the Holy Scriptures. Then we’ll sing songs of praise and worship to God and have prayer. Celebrating Jesus with my family is by far the best part of my entire Christmas.
Next comes the children’s favorite part of the evening, the exchanging of gifts and games. And that’s when the good-natured competition between family members begins. (Laughing) Last Christmas the family divided up in teams to play the ‘Human Christmas Tree’ game. The game and rules are simple. The first family to design and decorate a ‘Human Christmas Tree’ wins. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much or as hard in my life! It was absolutely hilarious as the teams moved with lightening speed adorning their ‘trees’ with tin foil, ornaments, garland, and strings of working lights. I think it was probably the best game my family has ever played.
It’s wonderful to have family to celebrate Christmas with. It’s also wonderful to know that even if you’re all alone … you can still celebrate Christmas. How uplifting it is to know that Jesus sees every person who celebrates Him and His birth. Whether the person celebrates Him with family or celebrates Him alone … Jesus is present and His love is the same for each.
The star of Bethlehem shone when Christ was born. In the darkest nights, Christ’s love still shines the brightest. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas.
— Debra Wallace is an inspirational columnist and speaker. Read Debra Joy’s blog and view her ongoing video series online at www.debrajoywallace.com.