This first non-retail Christmas for me has been an absolute blessing! It’s amazing how much more fun the holiday is when you aren’t surrounded by crazy, angry people who hate you because you happen to be wearing a nametag. This week has been one full of blessings, including an office staff lunch, multiple thoughtful gifts, time to hang out with friends, opening gifts with family early, even seeing a great movie. And the best part is that this week I have woken up each day more and more aware that these blessings come from a great Savior, who came to this earth so that I may have the ultimate blessing: eternal life through belief in his sacrifice. Christmas will never lose its wonder as long as I never lose sight of God’s love for me.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoptions as sons (and daughters).”
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”