Since the pastor of our church is spending time with his family tonight on Christmas Eve, I volunteered my services to be at the church for a certain time period this evening so that those who needed a brief respite from all the hectic and chaotic stress this time brings could stop in for a spiritual fill-up. Mom graciously offered to assist me with this as well. My plan is to have Christmas music playing in the background and just to stay back and let the people spend their time as they see fit in either prayer or meditation. However, I did write this short piece that I am sharing below in the hope that it will help open their mind and heart to receive whatever message may be awaiting them.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means ‘God with us’.” Matthew 1:23
We all struggle with the chore of picking out the right gift for the right person. Is it what he or she wants? Is the right size and/or color? Do they already have it? Sometimes with certain clothing items you may find a tag that says, “One size fits all” or to decrease the chance of a lawsuit, “One size fits most.” Oh if only that were true. If only there was a magical perfect gift that could work for everyone.
The truth is there is one gift that does fit all. Regardless of your age, gender, class status, problems, or needs God’s gift to the world of his own Son is that magical perfect gift.
- Do you need someone you can talk honestly and openly with about your deep dark secrets, your fears, your misgivings, and worries? Here is a Wonderful Counselor.
- Do you feel weak and powerless in some area of your life, unable to take control of a situation? Here is a Mighty God.
- Do you need the stability, support structure, comfort, and unconditional love that an earthly family sometimes falls short of providing? Here is an Everlasting Father (Mother).
- Do you have strife and discord within your life, whether it be external among others or an internal struggle? Here is a Prince of Peace.
This Christmas Eve strip away all the bows and wrapping paper that religion (the man-made institution) has dressed the baby Jesus in. Instead see him as the gift as he was first presented to the world. Immanuel – God with us. The Creator has become the created to share in all aspects of our life with us. Our hurts, our sorrows, our joys, our celebrations. Make an effort to know Him on a personal and intimate level. Not as the world or even as the church tells you to view Him. Instead, allow him to reveal Himself to you in the unique way that makes Him the perfect gift for you.