I pose this question because it keeps occurring to me and I can’t shake it: Why do YOU, personally, celebrate Christmas?
Is it because you always have, from childhood, and you’re carrying on with tradition?
Is it because you enjoy decorating for the season?
Is it because you can get great deals at all of the sales that are only available this time of year?
Is it because you have children and you want to give them a sense of normalcy?
Is it because you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Is it because you have the opportunity to get a few days off from work to relax and enjoy loved ones?
Is it because that’s what society deems “normal”?
The other thing that won’t leave my thoughts is this: If you aren’t a Christian, if you don’t believe in Jesus Christ, why would you celebrate the day of His birth? It’s not a selfish question, like I don’t want to share the holiday with non-believers, it’s a true curiosity. I invite you to please leave comments or feedback to answer some of these questions. I’d really like to learn your “reason for the season”.
My reason for the season is to celebrate the fact that God gave us his only Son, Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago, to save us from sin. What a gift! No material gifts under the tree can top that.
Of course, I do participate in gift-giving, I do decorate my house, I do plan family dinner, I look forward to having the week off to relax and enjoy my friends and family, and to have a moment to breathe and knit my fingers to the bone (because that’s what I do when I’m not typing). However, even though I do all of these typical things during this Christmas holiday I keep in mind to ask for forgiveness, to give thanks for our Savior, and to attend church to give worship to Him with my fellow Christians.
I suppose the point of this whole blog entry is this: Christians have become the minority in this country, yet the celebration of Christmas seems to be at an all time high.
Today I pray that everyone has God come into their hearts so that we can all remember why we truly celebrate Christmas. I give thanks that we were given salvation through Jesus’ birth. I ask for forgiveness of all of my sins. I ask for widespread kindness and compassion in a country who has waged a not-so-silent war against religion. I pray that we all realize that “when you believe, you receive” not only applies to children and Santa, but it applies to us as Christians: When you believe in Him, you begin to receive His blessings. For all of this and so much more, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!
I started my day off reading this post by Rebekah A and my heart and soul sang right along with it to the point I had to reblog it for her. Thanks, Rebekah!
This might quite possibly be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen ever. I mean ever. In the whole entire history of ever. Well, maybe not, but it’s definitely up there.
Ever see a flash mob? When one person starts randomly dancing in a public place, and then more people join in as the song goes on? Well this one was singing instead of dancing. And not just any singing – Christmas singing! And not just any Christmas singing; this one has full-blown rejoicing in Jesus Christ kind of singing! In a mall, of all places!
I’m from the politically correct northeast, so my first thought upon seeing this clip was “this is going to last about 10 seconds until mall security shows up and stops them.” When that didn’t happen, my other thought was “this is definitely not a mall in New England.” When I saw the reaction of…
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I awoke this morning knowing it was going to be a great day. It is. The sun is shining, my dogs are playing, my husband is hunting for his 6th straight Thanksgiving Day deer, and I have food cooking in the kitchen as I’m typing. I even got to go pluck the biggest head of cabbage out of our garden to fix for my family, and I’m delivering dinner to family members this afternoon. I am blessed beyond words, beyond anything I could say here.
I am thankful everyday. I am especially thankful today, the day that we give thanks for all of our blessings and honor the bond between the natives and those who took over their land. I am grateful to have a piece of land to grow our food on. I am thankful that my husband and I both have the ability to hunt for our meat, and that he’s wildly talented at it. (After all, he is part Native American) I am thankful for so many things… the roof over our heads, the food in reserves, the family we share it with, the friends we love so much, the blessings that aren’t only conveniences but essential to everyday life here… running water, electricity, soap. (yes, soap!)
We take a lot for granted everyday, thanking God for only what we’ve prayed for and gotten answers. Today I am thankful for ALL things, big and small. I’m even thankful for the little mouse in my kitchen that scared me last night as I was baking sweet potato pies. He provided much laughter thanks to my reaction when I found him seeking heat under my oven!
I am thankful for forgiveness. I am thankful for love. I am thankful for kindness. I am thankful for laughter. I am thankful for compassion. I am thankful for strength. I am thankful for my husband, my gift from God. I am thankful for Jesus. I am thankful I am a Child of God. I am thankful for His love and grace. I am thankful to share my blessings with you. I am thankful that you took the time to read this.
Share your blessings, don’t count them, just share them. I pray that we all have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day, safe travels, and merriment wherever we are! In Jesus’ name I praise and THANK HIM, Amen!
For risking your lives for the sake of ours…
For every day you’ve missed your loved ones because you’re stationed so far away…
For being so selfless to give of yourself, completely…
For defending our freedoms so that we may all be treated with equality…
For carrying the emotional and physical burdens that come with being a Veteran…
For your bravery and sacrifices…
For being true Blessings to all of us…
I thank you. May God bless and keep you in His hands while you fulfill your destiny, I pray in thanks for you, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Thankful. Thank Full. Hmm. Yes, I’m Thank Full this morning. As Thanksgiving approaches we’re reminded of the meals we look forward to preparing, time to share with our loved ones, the Christmas sales that are taking over the TV ads to be just as annoying as the campaign ads that just ended.
I’ve watched the announcements of major retail chains starting their sales on Thanksgiving night so people can get a head start on their shopping. Honestly, I don’t see where that will help our economy; people are going to spend the same amount of money whether they do it Thanksgiving night or the next morning. Quite frankly, you won’t catch me near these sales or stores, I prefer not to get trampled or subject myself to such greedy people. When I see the mad rush of people grabbing electronics, piles of clothes, things that aren’t completely necessary to life, all I can see is greed… grab all you can before anyone else can. But do you NEED these things? (I’m trying to understand it better, so if you can shed some light, feel free to comment)
I think we lose the true value of these holidays. I’m not thankful for the sales because material things can be taken from us just as easily as they’re acquired. I am thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a meal with my parents, my husband, and hopefully some additional loved ones. I am thankful to have the food to prepare and share. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the heat that keeps us warm. I am thankful that I am loved.
During the upcoming weeks, please stop to be full of thanks (Thank FULL) for the everyday things we’re blessed with. Be thankful for the smile you give someone else that brightens their day. Be thankful for the bed you sleep in. Be thankful for the small things, the works of God, the blessings in your life, whatever form they come in. I am also thankful that I’ve been given the opportunity to type this to you and that you’ve read it. See, I’ve already prayed for you today, that you’d read this, that it would have a positive impact on you and that I’ll reach even more people today with these prayers of blessing and thanks.
Take time today to be full of thanks for the blessing of life, for another day to strengthen your faith in the miracles God gives us, for time to prepare for the amazing works in the holiday season approaching. Be thankful not only at Thanksgiving, but everyday, and you will be given favor in the eyes of God. Giving prayers of thanks shows God that your faith in Him is strong and He will continue to give you reasons to give thanks.
May peace be with you as you go about your day, knowing I’ve said a prayer of thanks for YOU (yes, you)! In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!