This year I’m trying to read the devotional Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asherith Ciuciu. One of the first Scriptures she presented was Isaiah 9:2. Our LORD’s birth brought light into an oh so dark land. His great light offers salvation, joy, strength, peace and so much more!
And now, we, who are saved by grace, are messengers of that Light. Let us remember, in spite of the busyness of this season, to also be busy with the LORD’s work – bringing other’s into His wonderful light.
One of my favorite traditions used to be the gathering of family and friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. How I loved those gatherings with all the baking, hugs, laughter and delicious food. I loved decorating my home with my children and later with my grandchildren. Now, with the pandemic and family in California, we will have new traditions. These traditions include some of the previous ones, as well as some new, deeper customs.
Every year I make my grandchildren toys such as a fabric map of our city that they can drive their cars on, a hop-scotch board, Winnie-the-Pooh and other softies. Even though the oldest is 12, he still enjoys these small gifts of love.
Naturally, we read about Jesus’ birth before opening gifts. Who can resist the Snickerdoodles, sugar cookies and other treats?
I still love to decorate. This year my husband and I added more lights both outside and inside. Some of the outside lights are some deer that my father used every year. My sister used them last year, and now my husband decorates our front yard with them. I lined my bookshelves with twinkling lights as well. As I think of Isaiah 9:2, these lights remind me of my LORD and Savior’s constant presence. He has brought joy to my parents, sister and brother-in-law as they enjoy their new lives in California. My parents’ health is much improved. My grandchildren are safe and healthy. I appreciate my husband’s companionship and acts of kindness. Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, those precious acts would get lost. But, now, as it’s just us, they shine with a glow of love.
My new tradition is a deeper sense of gratitude. Yes, life is good as the basis remain: Jesus, family, love, faith. Life is indeed good.
Please remember to share your favorite songs, Scriptures and traditions in the comments!