This year has been an interesting Christmas. Without question there is the importance of celebrating and recognizing Christ's coming to earth This year has been an interesting Christmas. Without question there is the importance of celebrating and recognizing Christ's coming to earth with significantly reflects the truth of my faith. The story of the incarnation is not like any other, the GOD who made us is one of us. However, when I look at our culture and what it has done with Christmas I have to shake my head. The consumer madness in a culture that is going through a 'recession' and yet we all 'want more.' as if we don't have it all already! I think this is becoming a rant...
But I am reminded of a quote by Mother Teresa that says "May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in." As I have reflected on our condition in our nation I am filled with gratitude. A gratitude that acknowledges the blessings of God on our lives, not with pride but rather with amazement and I am dumbfounded by God's grace in our lives.
So this year, one of the rellies (relatives) suggested instead of gifts that we pool our resources to do a hamper for someone in our community. Actually, this has been talked about for quite some time, it was that this year we finally did it. I have to admit that I have never seen as much excitement in our family for what we were about to do for someone else in a long time. There was an excitement in packing and organizing everything together, not too mention that it took two vehicles to transport the hamper and the rellies who wanted to deliver the food. Then the response of the family meant the world to us. As I watched my wife embrace the mom who received the hamper, there was a tear in my eye not too mention in both of theirs.
It was Max Lucado who said that "Gradually our big God changes us. Gratefully we lust less, love more, lash out less, look heavenward more." God is constantly at work work and he is changing our family and I like what we have seen this Christmas.Luke 2:34 says that "this
child is destined to cause the falling and raising of many" May Christ be your rising in 2011.