With Christmas upon us again, I can't help but thank the Lord for the greatest gift He ever gave us in Jesus Christ. The birth of Jesus is an example of how God does extraordinary things through very ordinary people.
I look at what an awesome woman of God that Mary was. When I think back to how I was at her age I marvel at her closeness to the Lord. Can you imagine what it was like for her to have an angel appear to her and tell her that she was going to give birth to God? Then she asked the angel, "How can this be? I have never been with a man?" The angel went on to explain that the Holy spirit will come upon her and the power of the Highest will overshadow. and the Holy One that is to be born will be called the Son of God. How did Mary respond to this? She sang her worship to the Lord. She sang of His provisions, she sang of His love, she sang of His faithfulness and she sang in great joy!
What an example she is to all of us on what it means to truly be a woman of God!!The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise46 Mary responded,“Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
54 He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.” Luke 1:46-55
When the Magi came to visit the baby Jesus they brought three very special gifts to Him. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. At church on Sunday we studied what these gifts really represent.
Gold: Represents the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ as the King of Kings
Frankincense: Represents His sinless life. He was Holy and anointed.
Myrrh: Represents the death of Jesus for our sins. It is used in burials.
When Christmas comes around each year I always have a special feeling in my heart. I think almost everyone does. There is a joy in the air and people seem to be smiling more. I love putting up our Christmas tree as a family and remember that our Savior died on a tree so that we might live. As We put the beautiful lights and ornaments on the tree, I am reminded of the glory and wonder of what Jesus did on the cross for us. When we exchange gifts it represents our thanksgiving for the greatest gift that God gave us with His precious Son Jesus Christ.
My Grandchildren love to make their care packages every year for Operation Christmas Child. They do it yearly and really look forward to picking out all the essentials to place in those boxes. Our Boxes are going to Africa this year so they put a towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, shampoo, school supplies, a bag of candy, a shirt, shorts, underwear, slippers and a toy that each child picked out. They put a note and a picture of themselves in the box, then they carry each box carefully to the table at church to have it sealed and their name placed on the outside. When I see their little eyes light up knowing they are going to make a difference in someone else's life it really brings the true meaning of Christmas home to me.
I am so humbled and blessed when I think of what Jesus has done for us. I cannot imagine a Christmas without Jesus Christ in it. Sometimes we all get so caught up with the hustle and bustle of trying to balance our family, work and the season that we lose track of what it is really all about. have you ever noticed that when you are out Christmas shopping and it is so crowded and everyone is in a hurry that one smile in the crowd can change your whole day? Those are the things that warm my heart. As Christians these are the times we have to remember who we represent while out in the world.
I can remember a night out with my grandson picking up some last minute gifts. We were was in a specialty store and were waiting in line to pay. There was a Hawaiian woman and her toddler son in front of us. Her son was looking at my grandson's soccer trophy. Alaka'i told him that when he got older he would be able to play soccer too. The mother looked at me and told me that her little boy, whose name was Pu'uwai, which means heart in Hawaiian, would probably never get to play soccer because he had something wrong with his little heart. She went on to tell me that she had cancer. I asked her if I could pray with her and we laid hands on her and asked the Lord to heal her and her son so that they could live and rejoice in the healing power of God. We felt so blessed when we left them. My grandson Alaka'i felt the power of the Holy spirit that night. It is so awesome when we leave ourselves open to the Lord. He will use us if we let Him.
When you are out there this Christmas season, getting all the things that you need for the celebration, keep this thought in the back of your mind: The only reason there is a Christmas is because we are all sinners. If we were perfect Jesus Christ would have never been born. He is the reason for the season.