A few days ago I was in the grocery store and the older lady behind me had a santa hat on. Just as I was about to turn around and remark on how fun it was the cashier said, “I feel the same way!” I turned around to see her hat read:
“It’s just all too much,” the older lady explained to the cashier. And they both nodded in complete agreement.
Feeling like that a little? Like it’s all just too much?
Too much stuff.
Too many toys.
Too much commercialism.
Too many gifts to wrap, cards to send and cookies to bake.
Too much to do.
We’ve taken something that’s as simple as a baby in a manger and made it too complicated. We’ve made it about stuff and I know many people are sick of it.
The amazing thing about Christmas to me is that it’s not that confusing. Sure it’s crazy! Sure it’s hard to fathom that a virgin could give birth, but it’s not complicated.
It’s as simple as a baby in a manger. A simple, sweet, innocent baby who came to show us how to live and make a way for us to have a relationship with the Father, God. Jesus came as a baby but died as a Savior and today his offer is the same as all those years ago. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever received and the greatest gift you can too. To not share it would be remiss of me. It’s a gift that’s given me hope when there’s none, a gift that’s given me joy unspeakable and a gift that’s so easy to receive.
The Bible says He offers each of us the gift of salvation and a friendship with God. That’s a pretty amazing gift but all we have to do is unwrap it.
If you’ve never unwrapped that gift today and taken full advantage of hope, joy and life everlasting, I invite you to open the gift that is Jesus Christ. The baby in the manger, the friend for you today.
Merry Christmas Dear Readers!