Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts

It is that time of year again. No, not the time of year when you send your kids back to school, or when you expect the weather to warm up after a long winter. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Kids are about to be home for two weeks, the weather is slowly getting colder, and Christmas is finally here.

            Today Christmas is just under two weeks away. For most people that means the Christmas tree is up or has been retrieved and brought home. Things are decorated and the lights are hung. Travel plans have been made if you are traveling and of course, all of the delicious Christmas treats are in the process of being made. But there is one more thing left. Finishing up that Christmas Gift list.

            I’ll be honest. I’m not always the best at getting all the Christmas Gifts in on time. In fact, if I am done by the last week before Christmas, it is a miracle. It must be something I inherited from my grandfather. Even in his later years, he always waited till Christmas Eve to get his gifts. He would run to the mall, which he hated, and pick something out from whatever was left that he could find. Then he would give it to you, bag and all, unless it was a lucky year and you got your gift wrapped in newspaper.

            Swapping Christmas gifts is something that is easy to be caught up in. But there is something about these gifts that we need to remember. They tend to all be material things. There isn’t anything necessarily bad about that, but most material things are useful for a while, then become trash.

            There is a gift that you can share with others that will stand the test of time. That is the Word of God and the knowledge of who Jesus is. It becomes a gift that is bigger than anything money can buy. In Titus Chapter 3, it begins by reminding us that we should be good, that at one point we were foolish and disobedient. However, there becomes a clear transition point, the word But. Verses 4-7 say the following, “But when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

            Talk about a Christmas gift! This year as we approach Christmas, there are people willing to talk about Jesus who, during the rest of the year, could care less. May we take the time to use this spirit to communicate to others the beautiful gift that comes from knowing Jesus and devoting our lives to Him. This Christmas may you pass on the gift of Jesus and the eternal life He offers.

Merry Christmas!
Mark Casella

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