Without a sense of love and charity?
Christmastime is a joyous season of goodwill and generosity, a time when the giving spirit is flowing freely. Everywhere, we see examples of people reaching out with kindness and love. We see compassion in their thoughts, words, actions and attitudes. We see expressions of generosity and thoughtfulness. Many are praising and encouraging others, or praying for those in need and sharing their own blessings.
Wherever you go, people greet you with happy smiles and the words, "Merry Christmas," or "Happy Holidays."
The delightful aroma of spicy baked goods fills the air as mothers bake cookies, fruitcakes and other delights for their families and for sharing with neighbors and friends.
The ways in which charitable deeds flow are endless. Those who express loving generosity, not only bless others, but also themselves.
Long ago, wise men followed a star and were led to Bethlehem. There they found the baby Jesus and were filled with joy. Reverently, they offered gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Today, people the world over exchange gifts on Christmas, but the greatest gift doesn't come wrapped in a package. It is the unconditional love of God. This is the gift that Jesus Christ lived and taught. Love is the gift that brings life to both the giver and receiver.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we give thanks for His life, example and teachings and we acknowledge our birthright as children of the Most High.
I pray that everyone will open his or her heart to love Christmas and celebrate it by humbly giving and gratefully receiving the peace and love of God.
And on this day of rebirth and new beginnings, may we find in our hearts a willingness to do our part in making Christmas not just one special day in the year but a way of living life.
Merry Christmas!Horton is a writer who lives in Nitro and can be reached at peg...@suddenlink.net.