Tonight for our Christmas activity we all sat on the front porch sipping hot cocoa while I read The Gift of the Magi,
by O. Henry, to the children. Such a wonderful Christmas story! Such an
amazing example of sacrificial giving! Such a reminder of the sacrifice
that God gave for us!
God did not merely give up his favorite
worldly possession as the characters in the story did, however. No, God
gave the ULTIMATE sacrifice. He sacrificed His one and only Son because
of the love He has for us. I cannot imagine sacrificing one of my
children, and God loves His Son so much more.
I pray that I
never forget, during the holiday season especially, about that
sacrifice that God gave out of love for me, a miserable sinner. How God
allowed His own Son to be born as an innocent baby in a dirty stable
and to suffer a horrible painful death just so I could have eternal
life someday. Thank you Lord!
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Oh what a remarkable gift!