In the midst of the Christmas season I love shopping to give people gifts. I love going and thinking about the excitement that will be on their face when they open it up. I always want them to think it was the best gift ever! Have you ever gotten the best gift ever? Well last year trumped it all.for me. On Christmas Eve my mom pulled me and my brother in the living room and said "Hey, we have something for you." I never would have guessed what it could be. I unwrapped the gifts and it was the book " The Night Before Christmas. She said look inside.. Here is what I saw:
I freaked! It was the book The Night Before Christmas with a recording of my Grandaddy reading the book to me. Growing up every Christmas Eve my Grandaddy would read "The Night Before Christmas" it was a tradition and no one in my opinion reads it like him. He passed away in 2011, from Pancreatic Cancer which is why this gift meant so much to me. This is one of my most prized possessions now. My grandparents all mean so much to me growing up and this gift trumped them all. It was so special to me that my parents would create this for me. I felt so loved and cherished by my parents when they gave me this gift. But as I thought about the best gift I had ever been given I realized the best gift I was ever given had already been given to me and that was CHRIST! God gave the world the best gift ever and that is our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. He sent his son Jesus to earth as baby with the fate of paying for our sins. He bore our sins on the cross, therefore making a way for us to be forgiven and have eternal life. No earthly gift, no matter how sentimental, how expensive or how big it is will ever compare to Christ and what he did for us. So this Christmas in the midst of giving gift and receiving gifts remember you have already been given the Best Gift Ever and that is Jesus. And if you do not know Jesus and who he is we challenge you to read the story below. Jesus will change your life. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the celebrating that we have received the BEST GIFT EVER!!!!!!!!!
The best gift and story that could ever be read to us.
The Birth of Jesus- In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place whilea]">[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.