One of God’s many gifts to us is the Gift of Memory. Memories allow us to visit the world of yesterday. Singing familiar songs, looking at old pictures or sharing common memories with friends and family may bring smiles and laughs.
However, yesterday was designed only for visitors. It was not designed as a place for us to live. And so, as we return from yesterday, we may find ourselves comparing the “good old days” to the present. And the warm glow may change into feelings of loss or regret.
Christmas memories may stir up wounds from the past or the present. Wounds may lead to anger or fears about the future. It becomes easy to focus on what we didn’t get instead of being thankful for what we have received.
Thanksgiving is the perfect prelude to Christmas. David the Psalmist told us to enter into God’s Presence with thanksgiving and with praise! Take a few moments now and remember. Remember the best times of your life. See them as Gifts God graciously gave you. Smile, laugh and be joyful! Thank Him!
Then allow yourself to remember the dark moments of your life … and be thankful for all the ways God brought you through. Imagine the stars coming on, one by one, bringing light to that darkness. Praise God you don’t live there anymore!
And now, look around you in this present time. See the Gifts God is delivering right to your doorstep. He knows what wonders He has in store for you. He has wrapped them Himself and will watch with delight, as you discover them and open them.
“For I know the Plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Christmas prompts us to remember that time of wonder when God wrapped Himself in a human form called Jesus and gave us the ultimate Gift. He came to assure us our darkest nights would be lit up with stars and angels and tidings of great joy. He was hoping we would also see His Card on that Gift.
The Virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,
and they will call Him Immanuel, which means,
GOD WITH US!
God is still with us! Before He took off His human form, He told us again,
Surely I am with you always …