i know that today is thanksgiving. and there must be many other “give-thanks” posts all over the world. but i am thinking of christmas tonight. probably because i have been listening to the third day christmas album for almost a week now. third day is one of my favorite christian band. some of their songs are just not my style at all. but for the christmas album, it still touches my heart the way it did to me 5 years ago.
i was first introduced to this album when i was in my 3rd year of university…i think. it has been a long time. i was introduced to a song from this album, “born in bethlehem” on a december night when the 1st graders were performing their dance up on the stage. when i heard the song and took the sight of the beautiful angels in, i just stood there and cried.
christmas reminded me that we are broken people in need of God’s grace and love…not just once a year but every day of our lives. far too many people simply forget why we are celebrating christmas at all. the world gives importance on santa claus, snow, presents and saying “happy holiday!”.
but what if these factors disappeared, what then would be the reason for us to celebrate? see, santa claus will fly away with his red-nosed reindeer. snow will melt. presents will be stuffed into a box and shoved into a storage room. and “happy holiday” is just another sentence people carelessly speak to others to appear nice. what’s left after the glittering happiness is just another depressing period of life.
john 15:13 says, “greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends
please…don’t be ignorant to God’s love. whether you are a christian or not, He is calling you to Him. for you are His. and He is yours too if you will claim it. do not let your work, personal belief and even your loved ones come before Him. .”
let’s prepare ourselves to welcome this month to celebrate Jesus with joy, gladness and thanksgiving. as we remember Him, remember His love and share it…for love is the greatest gift of all.