Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Psalm 127: 3-4 (NIV)
Now that my sons are grown and out on their own, gathering for the holidays is no longer a certainty. School and work schedules conspire against maintaining that cheery family unit gathered around the Thanksgiving table or the Christmas tree. My new found freedom was welcome at first. But now I find myself eagerly seeking out those rare opportunities to be together as we were when they were children.
As Christians, we know that Christmas is so much more than generic holiday greetings, exchanging overpriced gifts, and watching Frosty the Snowman on TV. The birth of Jesus is more cause for celebration than just about any other occasion. That is why being with family at this time of year is so meaningful. Taking special time out from our worldly cares and responsibilities to give glory and honor to God; to thank Him for sending his son into the world so that we might be saved and reconciled to Him, that is truly cause for thanksgiving.
So what do we do when we can’t be together for the holidays? We share our love in any and every way possible: through cards, on the phone, via email, even Facebook. The connection is still there, and the joy of knowing that we have Christ and each other.
Heavenly father, thank you for the precious love of family as we celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus Christ.
© 2011 G. Francis Johnson