Hey everyone. The kids are officially out of school here which officially kicks off the next three weeks of "stop that," "give that back to your brother," "is this really how you want to spend your Christmas break, getting in trouble?" and of course my all time favorite "Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, not how much stuff you get." Seriously, ya'll that last one is so tough to get them to understand. They know it, I am just trying to get them to understand more of how important the birth of our Savior is to their lives.
My little Sophie has shown me how not important all that "stuff" is. She just wants someone to love on her and talk to her and just be with her and what child wouldn't love that? She likes to lay near the Christmas tree and watch all the lights. She likes to take all her naps in my arms. She likes to be where everyone is. She's a quiet presence but a presence indeed!
This past Sunday at church we talked about being children of light in our small group. There is a passage in Ephesians that says "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light" (Ephesians 5:8). The Light of the world was born on Christmas and as His children we are to live as children of light. Praise God that we no longer have to live in the darkness that is this world. We can only find peace, light, and true happiness in Him. I pray that you will know Him and experience His love as you never have before this Christmas season. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16.
This Christmas may we not be so concerned with the presents that are under our tree as we are with the people who surround it. Thank you Father for those who surround my tree, family and friends and most importantly the love of our Savior who was born to die so that we all may live.
Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you.