This time of year seems to be the start of the crazy, busy ‘Holiday Season.’ It is so easy to be absorbed in the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, entertaining, etc. that we tend to miss the blessings of this season.
For many (myself included) it is tradition at Thanksgiving to give thanks for the things of this world – church (local), family, friends, food, housing, good health, and the like. While we should thank God for all these things because they are from Him, there is something much greater that we should thank God for – the Gospel. Christ died for our sins so that we (those who trust in Christ alone) might live eternally with Him. What better thing to be grateful for this Thanksgiving than to remember the birth and sacrifice of Jesus Christ? We should be thankful not only in word, but in imitation of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-21).
As our family goes here and there shopping and visiting with family and friends this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, it is my desire to keep the Gospel as our focus. If we aren’t glorfiying God and enjoying Him forever, we’ve missed the point of our existence.
So, how are we going to do this?
- Explain to our boys (and others) why we should be thankful – all things were made through Him; without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:3 taken from the Vulgate Translation as used with Classical Conversations).
- Reach out to our neighbors – make or bake something and deliver it to them. Make cookies, bread/muffins, hot chocolate mix and attach a note.
- Observe Advent (starts November 27th) – “Advent is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.”
- Read the story of Christ’s birth before opening Christmas gifts. (Luke 2)
- Through it all, making man’s best effort to imitate Christ, and glorify and enjoy Him in all that we do.