Saturday, December 24, 2016

In Sharing Some Christmas Eve Cheer...

...I'm hoping that you and your loved ones dear, have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

When some say that we have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, say that we think about gift giving too much on Christmas and that we need to remember to keep Christ in Christmas - well, you truly need to remember that Christmas is all about gift giving. It has been that way ever since the Immaculate Conception when Mary, who would become the mother of Jesus, was conceived without sin. It was the greatest gift that God ever bestowed upon a single human being.

Sometime, probably between the eighth and ninth month of her pregnancy, God bestowed another gift - this one for us all - in the form of a star to guide those who would seek the messiah. 

Then, on the day that Jesus was to be born, a much more humble gift was given - this by a man whom history does not name - to the expectant parents. It was the gift of the manger. It truly was a humble gift of meager lodgings among farm animals but it was a gift nonetheless and it was a gift fitting a King. 

Of course, on the very first Christmas, the day of the birth of Jesus, God the Father gave us the gift of his only begotten son. What better gift could he give to all mankind.

Even with the birth of the Christ child, the gift giving did not end. It is said that the magi journeyed from afar in the east and bestowed upon the child King gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  In other words, people gave to people on that first Christmas, God gave to mankind, and men gave gifts to God. Today, we keep it going and if we do it in the spirit of that first Christmas it indeed will be a Merry Christmas.

All the best,
Glenn B