December 13

The Reason to Rejoice

 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Growing up I can remember making those Advent chains in Sunday School. Each day would have Bible verses from the time right before Jesus was born. I remember being so excited to get to that last chain link that you opened on Christmas Day. This Bible verse was about the birth of Jesus. Of course, I wasn’t excited to get to the last chain link because Jesus was born, but because I would be getting presents.

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As I grew older and the presents I received became less, I started to ask myself, “If you didn’t get one present, would you still be excited?” The true meaning of Christmas is about Jesus, after all. If you asked yourself that question, what would be your answer? Before I answered, I realized that Jesus’s birth is God’s present to us. We won’t go one year on this earth without receiving a gift. We will receive the greatest gift anyone could ever ask for. Jesus Christ is our gift! How could you not be excited about that?

People tell me a lot that I am always happy. Of course, I have my off days, but overall I’m usually a pretty joyful person. How can you not be happy when you have Jesus in your life? The same joy and happiness that I had when I was eight and got my first bike, I have about God every day. He brings a smile to my face every morning, and it would just be selfish not to share that smile and happiness to others.

As I prepare for Christmas day, I still make a chain like I did when I was younger, but now my excitement to pull off that last link isn’t about materialized presents. It’s about the gift of Jesus Christ!

 God, thank You so much for waking me up this morning. I get to spend another day on this earth to share Your love with others. I pray that You help me never take a single moment for granted, and that I always try to see the best in every situation. I pray that my smile today will make a difference in someone’s life. They may need that one piece of encouragement to continue. God, I thank You for sending your Son down to save us from our sins, and forgive me when I forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Abby Lykins

Additional readings: Psalm 118:23-24, 2Corinthians 13:11, Isaiah 9:2-3

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