Christmas means so many things to so many people… I still remember Christmas when our girls were young. They were so excited, so eager to experience everything from Santa to family gatherings to special moments at church and, of course, to the joy of receiving and giving presents. Watching their eyes shine with such joy and excitement provided me with a deep sense of joy and love as I just enjoyed the clear sense of a heart that was so full it was almost overwhelming.
As the years have gone by, the thrill of Christmas is still wrapped up in family and church and special moments created by the season, but it has become so much more…
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1 & 14) As the years have passed, these verses have become more and more important to “the thrill of Christmas” for me. Jesus, God of heaven, came to earth and took on the form of humankind. God became one of us… what an amazing concept to grasp. God came to us as one of us, so that we might behold the incredible love God has for us – Jesus came as a small child to rescue all of us, changing eternal realities for the future of all humankind. Such a thought, such an act of love, leaves me thrilled beyond measure.
I hope and pray that “the thrill of Christmas” continues to grow in all of us this Christmas season, so that the knowledge and experience of this incredible act of love will dominate our thoughts and prayers as we gaze upon the manger once again.
Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas,