In a moment you’ll have the opportunity to read the final devotional in our Advent series for 2012. This one was written by Rev. Rowland Benedict and it was a joy to work with my father to put all those devotions together.
Most of you will read this Christmas morning or sometime later but I wanted to take this moment to wish everyone a merry Christmas. By now the hustle and bustle of Christmas is likely over. The only thing left to do is unwrap all that has been wrapped. I hope everyone spends a wonderful Christmas with family all around but I know some will be alone this Christmas. For those that don’t have family or friends to spend the holiday with – Please remember that God, your Heavenly Father, is always with you. He’s the best family around. So Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that Christmas morning brings joy, hope and love just like the baby Jesus on that first Christmas in Bethlehem.
Without further ado, here is your devotional for Christmas day:
Probably three or four years after my mother died and my three brothers, my sister and myself were all living with our maternal grandparents on a small farm in upstate New York, one Christmas we were all given brand new sleds. We used to pore through the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs by the hour honing our wish lists as we fantasized about what we would like for Christmas. Never, in our wildest imaginations, had we thought we would get new sleds. We took turns using some old sleds that had probably belonged to our aunts or some of our older cousins. They had bent runners and broken steering boards and were not very safe to use. What joy was ours when we came down the stairs that Christmas morning and saw those sleds spread around the parlor! Of course, we had to go outside as soon as grandma and grandpa would let us, and after our morning chores were done, so we could ride on those sleds. What fun they were!
The most indescribable gift that has ever been given is the priceless gift from God the Father of his Son, Jesus, as our Savior that first Christmas morn over 2,000 years ago. Our scripture portion is about the generosity we as believers are to show to others. However, it is not just words. Paul emphasizes that our generosity is to be based on the generosity of the Father in the giving of the priceless (indescribable) gift of His Son. We can never match that, but we can emulate God by our acts of generosity not only at Christmas, but throughout all the days of our lives.
The greatest act of generosity we can show is to introduce people to our Savior and potentially their Savior. He truly is “the Greatest Gift ever given!”
Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. ~Lucinda Franks