Christmas Eve is almost here. Parties are happening. Gifts are being wrapped. Family is over for meals and fun. Cookies are being baked. It’s one of my favorite times of year!
As a kid, my favorite part was always going to our church’s candlelight service, singing carols, and then we got to pick one gift from under the tree to open. That was what kept me still all through the sermon; just thinking about which gift I would get to open.
While Christmas can be overshadowed by all the gifts we give these days, it is about a gift, the best gift of all. Seriously, if you think about all the gifts you’ve ever gotten, the gift God gave us when He gave us His Son really can’t be beat. Nothing can even come close!
Because we forget this so easily, I wanted a way to remember the reason for the season. A few years ago, one of my friend’s moms told me about her tradition of the Christ Gift. This is a gift that stands out from all the others, usually in gold or silver, with a pretty bow on top. This represents God’s gift to us, and the reason we celebrate the season.
(pict of Christ gift)
I just loved this idea, and so every year, I bring the Christ gift out first on Christmas morning, and we all remember the main reason for the season before all the other gifts come into play. I know I need the reminder often!
Today, spend some time with the Lord thanking Him for His gift, and asking Him to help you focus on that gift this year. Spend some time praising Him and recall some of His characteristics, such as His mercy and grace, that He gives to us all year round.
Have more time? Want to go deeper?
- Open up the psalms and pray through the first one that you open to.
- Thank Him for His provision, and the way He provided for Mary and Joseph with the manger and a place to give birth. Tell Him where you are struggling to see His provision today, and ask Him to take away your unbelief.