Congratulations! It’s Christmas!

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Congratulations! It's Christmas! // www.thehisfor.com

As I was wrapping gifts, a thought came to my mind. Each year, I give my loved ones gifts for Christmas, but very rarely do I give them a card! For birthdays, I fill one out with my well wishes and love for each person… If a baby is coming, I share my hopes for that child in a card… If some friends get married, I do the same…. Heck, if someone is sick, grieving or just having a crummy day, I fill out a card full of my thoughts and encouragement just for that moment. But I don’t give a card with my gifts at Christmas.

I realized that a card isn’t particularly necessary at Christmas, so I guess that’s why I don’t buy them! I started to think, if I were to include a card with these gifts, what would it say?

Congratulations.

That’s what it would say.

Is that strange to you? If it is, I think you’re looking at this holiday all wrong. Because to truly celebrate Christmas, you must understand that Christmas, in and of itself, is a gift.

Here’s what my card would say:

Congratulations! It’s Christmas! You have already received the greatest gift of all, the birth of a savior who would die for your sins and give you unspeakable joy in the chance to gain eternal life with Him in heaven. Congrats! You have received the greatest gift of all! By giving you this gift I bought for you, I’m celebrating the victory that is God’s immense love for us.

The world right now is in chaos. There’s war, hunger, sadness, mental illness, physical illness, pain and suffering. Just in my little world this week alone, loved ones have passed and loved ones have given birth to new life. Everyone I know is in a different walk of life, experiencing different things, happiness, loneliness, grief, togetherness, abundance, joy, need… But the gift of Christmas still remains the same for us all. Jesus Christ was born unto a virgin in the most humble of ways to save us all from sin’s grip. The world may be crumbling around us, but our future is as steadfast as can be. Now that’s worth celebrating. So…

Congratulations! It’s Christmas! You are loved. You are cherished. We are now free!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, All-Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas! May the God of peace fill your homes with love and joy this season. And if this holiday is hard for you, as it is for so many, I pray that He fills your home with peace, strength and comfort and may the promise of Christmas provide you with hope this season.

With Love,

Chandler H

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