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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Thanks Be To God for His Indescribable Gift" of Joy!

            Have you had your JOY JUICE this morning?  Hope you are filled with Christmas joy as we prepare for the holidays.  

            Speaking of joy….Children are full of excitement during the Christmas season.  Their little eyes sparkle with wonder when they see Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas.  They anticipate what they’ll find under their tree on Christmas morning.  And just in case Santa might forget, many times they’ll write him a letter giving lots of hints about what they want.  Parents do everything they can to make sure Santa gets the message.

            But how careful are we adults to make sure our children get the message of WHY we celebrate Christmas?!  Let’s make certain that the children under our influence understand that there would be no Christmas, if it were not for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Take the time to show them in the Bible where they can read about Jesus being born in a stable. Seize the opportunities to talk about the real meaning of Christmas as you decorate your tree or go Christmas shopping together.  Ask questions to see if they really understand.

            And may I make another suggestion?  As you write Christmas letters or send Christmas cards to family and friends this year, encourage your children to write a letter to God, thanking Him for sending Jesus to earth.  Let them express their gratitude for this season of the year.  You might teach them 2 Corinthians 9:15 and let them include the verse in their Christmas letter to God:  Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

            Never forget that we would have no Christmas joy if it were not for JESUS!  Spread that joy by sharing His love with others today!

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