Our family has so much to be thankful for, but I must say that the thing I am most thankful for is God's Love.
He loved us enough to send His son.
Born to a virgin, in a manger, on a miraculous night.
A night that changed the world in a permanent way. Forever.
We read this story often, (or at least once a year), but do we ever stop to reflect on how it impacts our lives today? Right this minute?
Because of the birth of that child on that night, my life is changed.
God no longer seems far away.
His love is close. It is here.
It means that He came to me. That He loved me enough that He chased me. All the way from Heaven to Earth.
It means that He understands me. He understands what it is like to be human. He knows my struggle. He has felt my pain and suffering. And more.
It means that I don't have to earn my way into His grace. It is His gift to me. His gift to this world.
It means that I am free.
To celebrate life. To enjoy His blessings. To bathe in His splendor.
I am able to snuggle up close to Him and tell Him my dreams. To complain about my day. Or to ask Him for anything.
He loves me just that much.
And I am in awe.
That God Himself would love me enough that He would leave His Palace. His Thrown. To come and live here.
To live a humble life.
And then to be ridiculed. And tortured. And killed.
Just because He loved me.
And He wanted us to know it.
Yes, I am in awe of that kind of love.
It is my prayer that you experience His love this Christmas in an intimate, life-changing way.
Because I know that there truly is no greater joy!