They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
Read: Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:12-18, Luke 24:13-49, John 20:19 – 21:25
Relate: As a general rule, I pull out my Christmas music right after the first time I see snow. I won’t necessarily start listening to it on a regular basis but I will for a few days after that snow and then occasionally in November and pretty much daily in December. When I still hd a CD player I would stack my dozen or so Christmas CD’s right next to it so I can listen to it when the mood strikes me. These days instead I have a folder on my computer with all my Christmas music and I will soon be loading them back into my ITunes playlist. Putting a little Kenny G on as background while I sleep does make for some great dreams. John Lennon’s Happy Xmas pulls at me more than one way.
One good thing for the past few years is that all my siblings are grown up now but there are no nephews and nieces running around yet. I call that a good thing because I’m from a very large family and if I had to buy each one a decent enough present I could go broke. I have gone broke at the holidays before. With seven siblings plus parents plus whoever else I will be buying for that year… it gets expensive. If I am going to fit it all in, as soon as halloween has passed, I have got to get crackin.
React: Actually, the more I understand about Christmas, about giving, and about Christ, the harder the giving truly gets. It is not about presents. When Jesus came, He gave Himself. Now He expects me to do the same. His very life was a holy sacrifice for us so that we in turn could be holy sacrifice for others. Giving is not just something I save up for that the right presents might be opened a few weeks from now. Giving is something I need to invest my life into doing that others might have their eyes opened up to who Jesus truly is all year round. Giving isn’t just a winter event (or summer for those of you who live down under) that happens once a year. It is what I should be doing every day. It should be my primary occupation.