So how was your Christmas day? Typically most people will say that the time with family was one of the richest blessings. Watching ours open gifts, laugh and talk and play a game together was a joy. Like us, you made some more memories at Christmas and enjoyed the blessing of God and family. A rather unique blessing I had was to feel our granddaughter for the first time (through her mom’s tummy) ! Well she hasn’t arrived yet but she was kicking away on Christmas day to our voices !!
The lives of those we call “family” are indeed precious to us. And life itself is precious, whether that life be young or old. Some of you probably miss now that grandparent or great-grandparent but you recall their life and things they did with you at a past Christmas. The Lord is the Author of life as we know and He takes some time addressing life and family in His Word with the intent that we honor life and family treating each other with the dignity and love He desires. I think of that great section in Ephesians 5 & 6 where Paul lays out for us principles for the husbands, wives, parents & children. Love is at the core of it all: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it.” (5:25), for example. “And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (6:4). So how we speak to and treat each other is of paramount concern to God, and hopefully to you as well.
Those family times God gives us, Christmas or otherwise, slip by us so quick. Make sure you are strong in the Lord so that love is at the core of all you do and say and they will remember in you a family member who truly loved the Lord and them. What a precious Christmas gift that is, that you leave them precious memories of a genuinely spiritual, loving mom, dad or sibling !