Merry Christmas

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“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
― Charles Dickens

The most wonderful time of the year has come. Most people think of Christmas as the time for giving, making kids happy with songs and toys, the time for seeing and visiting families or simply going back “home”. We sometimes forget that the real reason for Christmas is CHRIST. And “home” is Jesus in our hearts.

The advent season has been s commercialized that we see Santa Claus, elves, reindeers and other things and goodies that our modern world associates with Christmas and forget to put Christ in the center of our celebrations.

Let us be reminded of the most important story that exists on earth. The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

2 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 while[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.

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When we are refreshed with the story of the birth of Jesus, we are reminded of the simplicity of his life from the beginning as he was born in the stable surrounded by animals. He was given the highest honor with gifts and visited by Kings as people gathered around to witness the birth of the Messiah. This is what we should keep in mind. Jesus is the reason for the season. Our God was born to lead us the way to a better life in Him and with Him. We should honor that this Christmas season. Let’s make it for and about Him above all else.

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As we give gifts and show love for the people around us this time of the year, let us show the kind of love Jesus would want us to show our loved ones. Pray to have hope, peace, joy and love the entire year; and most importantly, we should have this kind of love for our neighbors, friends, coworkers, acquaintances and other people the whole year round; not just for Christmas.

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Merry Christmas to all of you lovers of God! We, from the Australian Christian Store, thank you for making the world a better place by being as kind as our Lord. We wish that you may be blessed beyond measure this time of year and continue to do the good you are doing this Advent season, the whole year round! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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