Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Joy of Christmas!

How are you doing? We're doing pretty good around these parts. I absolutely love the Christmas season. It's a joy to focus on the birth of Christ, since, so often, we focus more on His death (which sent us free from sin!). It's so much fun to get into the spirit of giving. Our Lord is so generous, and this time of year, even non-Christians seem to get in the Spirit.

Even though our society as plastered Santa all over the place, the Spirit of Christ still spreads. The Reason for the Season begins to touch the lives of people who normally don't think about God.

I am so thankful that my loved ones are able to get time off around this special holiday so we can get together and lavish each other with love. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, but this season provides a time for us to gather in the kitchen, laugh, play, and build memories together.

I have so much fun picking out gifts for friends and family this year. When we make or purchase gifts for others, we consider their wants and needs. So often, in the day to day, we do not give such consideration to others.

My prayer is that this beautiful spirit of generosity, compassion, thoughtfulness, and love would not just be confined to Christmas, but would run all year long. We should celebrate Christ daily. These Christian qualities (the Fruit of the Spirit) should be pouring from our lives every day.

Here's a photo of the kids and I before our church's Christmas program (which Merikalyn sang in!). Excuse the messy floor!

I hope you all have a Christ-filled Christmas!

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