Missing Christmas Part Three

This is Part Three in my Missing Christmas series. Here you can read Part One and Part Two.

I love Christmas and I don’t want you to miss it. God wants to give you three special gifts this Christmas. If you don’t want to miss Christmas, you need to receive three gifts. These gifts of Christmas are found in the person of Jesus. Yes, the baby born 2,000 years ago. The one who gives us the ability to give in the first place.

On one hand, it seems impossible to miss Christmas. Starbucks gets the new cups and drinks (oh, I love Gingerbread lattes), stores fill with decorations, family plans are made, dinners are prepped, credit cards are maxed and our lives are filled and flustered.

We can get lost in the feeling of Christmas and miss the true gifts Christmas has to offer. Beneath all the aromas and emotions of the season we can find the true meaning of Christmas. Underlying the music that rings out of mall speakers, Hallmark commercials, life supposedly wrapped up neatly with a bow, though our lives are anything but neatly wrapped; three gifts are waiting for us to open.

Faith.
How will you respond to the hope and love found in Jesus and the story of Christmas? Take a moment right now and honestly ask yourself, what do I think about all this? Pray (talk to God) and simply ask Him to show you His love and bring you hope.

You miss Christmas by missing Jesus’ love for you, the hope he provides and missing the opportunity to respond in faith.

When my wife was young, her sister convinced her to secretly unwrap her Christmas presents before Christmas. While mom and dad were preoccupied they carefully opened the packages. That was the year Cabbage Patch dolls were “Toy of the Year” and she had made her desire for one clear to her parents. Seeing dirty blonde yarn hair in the bottom of a box, she quickly yanked the doll into her arms.

What she found wasn’t a Cabbage Patch doll at all, but rather a homemade imposter. As you can imagine, she was devastated. Not only did she get the wrong doll, she also got a huge box of homemade clothes for the homemade doll. Now she had to suffer through several more days until Christmas to open the wrong presents.

What gifts are you going to open this Christmas? Will you accept the gifts you’re being given? God is giving you three beautiful gifts in the person of Jesus.

The gift of love.
The gift of hope.
The gift of faith.

I trust you’ll accept these gifts from God. That you will know the love of Jesus, giving you hope for today and faith in your future. When you respond to God’s gifts of faith, hope and love found in Jesus – you’re receiving the best gifts in the world.

I trust you’ll take some time to consider Jesus this Christmas. Don’t miss Christmas this year and God’s gifts of love, hope and faith.

How do you miss Christmas? Miss Jesus.

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