Titus 2:11 (NRSV)
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.”
Did you receive God’s gift?
This is the time of year churches like to hold, “Christmas in July,” when the emphasis is on the message of Christmas. My church will have their Christmas in July next Sunday, July 26th. The property and building will lack any Christmas oriented decorations. The lights and greenery are nowhere to be seen. The angels and the crèche will be out of sight in the attic. The beauty of such a service is that it can emphasize the greatest gift of all: the Son of God. Remove all of the distractions of Christmas and someone may hear the intended message of Scripture, the greatest gift is that through Christ there is salvation to all. Did you receive God’s gift? Perhaps! Some of you have opened it, and some of you have placed the unwrapped gift on a shelf for later consideration; however, others of you are waiting. For all of you, Merry Christmas!
“Peace on earth will come and stay, when we live Christmas every day.” Helen Steiner Rice, 1900-1981, American writer of religious and inspirational poetry