Friday, December 26, 2014

Gifts?!

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll let you know how I celebrated Christmas.  Well, at least, in part.

First, I'd like to say that if I had been visiting in Northern Ireland, chances are I would have attended a Christmas worship service to celebrate our Lord, Jesus Christ's birth, on December 25th... Christmas Day.

However, here in Canada, any church group I've worshipped with in the past, didn't have Christmas Day services.  Instead, we have celebrated and worshipped on the evening of Christmas Eve.

This year, was the same.

What a wonderful time it was!  Singing Christmas carols, together.  Listening to young people singing.

Plus of course, worshipping and thanking God for the ability to celebrate Jesus' birth!  All with my church family.  Hallelujah!

How happy I am that we can celebrate Jesus' birth. 

Yes, I am aware that no one really knows for sure when His birthday actually is.  However, since no one knows, there is no reason why we cannot elect to celebrate Jesus' birth on a day when many people on earth decide to.

Sort of like celebrating our births.  By having celebrations we call birthday gatherings.  Or, parties.

Some people don't like the fact that we give gifts to each other. 

But, I do.  I feel that since we cannot give a physical gift to Jesus on the day we celebrate His birthday, we should do so, with others.

After all, the wise men gave gifts to Jesus, once they found Him.

Just as we read, in Matthew 2:11, "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh."

Okay.  I realize that we cannot give physical gifts to Jesus, the way the wise men did after they found Him.

However, it does my heart good to know that I am encouraging others and planting those seeds for Christ, that God called us to do.

By giving Christmas cards and gifts, even small in nature, it makes my heart feel wonderful.  I feel like I am then given the opportunity to talk with others about Jesus.

And, what He did for us.

Remember, when He came to earth, as an baby, it was God the Father's plan to have Jesus suffer and die on a wooden cross as a man.  It was God the Father's plan that Jesus pay the price for the sin of the world, of all who will believe upon Him.

To me, to celebrate Jesus doing this, out of obedience to God the Father, shows how much He truly loves us.  For this, I am thankful.  And, always will be.


Until next time...

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