Today, I invite you to join me and pause. Take a deep breath to focus on something simpler and more dazzling than anything you may or may not have wrapped yet. After all, we give gifts on Christmas to mirror the love expressed by the Father in His gift of Jesus, right?
As we select gifts for loved ones, share meals, and sing together, we are preparing for the birth of the Great Healer. His birth marks the beginning of His journey to redeem us and illuminates our own path to redemption.
While this season is usually busy, I wonder if it would be less stressful if we moved through it knowing we are loved. Jesus has always loved in an overwhelmingly generous way. His very birth is a glorious reminder of His presence and humanity, His desire to be close to us.
When we give gifts, regardless of how humble or opulent they may be, they really are just things at the end of the day. What makes them have meaning is when we give them as a physical token of something bigger, of something intangible.
Giving out of love, to bless, to give hope, is at the heart of the Father’s greatest Gift to us all. Expressing love in this way blesses so many more people than we know. In John 13: 34-35, Jesus says:
…So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Jesus is the best gift we are anticipating this Christmas.
His love sets us free to bless others.
In places like Burundi in Africa, FH staff share Christ’s love through our actions of respect, patience and perseverance as we work with families to grow food, find clean water and build schools.
Simple things like tiny seeds can be a big gift of love. Families then have the food they need to nourish their children and sell vegetables in the marketplace… and also share with their neighbors.
Read how a family in Burundi is celebrating love on Christmas in FH’s 12 Days of Christmas story. And may you feel a deep sense of being loved this season from your Savior, Jesus Christ.