We've received the Child Christ, God's gift of love--not in celebrating December 25th, but in having believed and baptized to be 'set apart for God.' We are set apart, not above. As a follower of Christ, God is sending you to bring God's gift of love into the lives of those around you; to make Him known.
We are to bring God's gift to someone this Christmastide. To whom will you bring Jesus. God has placed you where you are, at this time and in this place, so that God's gift of life might touch someone in your reach. God came to heal a broken and wounded world. And so you are sent to bring that healing into a person close at hand, someone you know, someone who you can see the hurt and the pain in their lives. You are bringing Jesus to them: How Jesus has made a difference in your life & Your belief that God can bring a change to this person's life.
You need to know Your Story. How has God changed you? How has God made a difference in your life? How has God healed you and made you whole? Make it short! I was searching, hurting, beaten down, without hope, alone, etc. And I asked God to take control. And this is what happened, how God transformed my life. The before only needs as much detail as will let the hearer know you had a real hole, a real wound, in your life--like them. What they want to hear is how God made things better--give them hope that God can do it in their life too!
Telling our story is something we should be doing with each other, over and over again. This is what I want to hear from other followers of Christ. It never gets old. It always reminds me of the good things God has done and is doing in my life too! Telling your story in Christ is what builds our foundation in Christ as the fellowship of believers.
There is no shortage of people who desperately need God in their lives. Talk to God about them; God knows who around you is hurting, lost, or lonely too. He knows whose hearts are open to receive Him and whose hearts are hardened. Ask God for an opportunity to tell your story and be ready.
You can measure the gift you've truly received this Christmas by the measure you've give Jesus to someone in these days that follow. God didn't so love the world that He kept it to Himself. And we can't call ourselves Christians if we aren't giving Jesus to people who need Him.
Alpine Christmas Day Community Dinner
Those who didn't have a place for Christmas Day dinner were able to join those who were willing to make a place. The good people of Blessed Trinity invited others to be part of the family this day and it was a great feast of song, food, fellowship, and happy people who were not in the least dampened by the cool winter rain on this Christmas Day.
This wasn't just a free meal. We asked everyone to help just as we do with family. Some folks brought food, some cooked, some set tables, some played music. We prayed and we got to know and be known by our neighbors. All said and done we worked together to make this a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus together and to share it with one another.
It was a great way to continue our celebration of the incarnation and sharing the gift of the Child Christ in our community. A blessed first day of Christmas!