My friend recently confessed to me that she was not looking forward to Christmas. This year she was spending it with her mother’s family and that meant her vile Uncle was going to be there.
He was always negative and mean and everyone worked hard at playing happy families, but they knew they couldn’t stand each other and couldn’t wait to leave.
This whole situation baffled me. I grew up with a large extended family who didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but we all looked forward to seeing each other at Christmas.
The older I get and the more people I meet, I realise that families are all very different. It’s crazy how complex we can all be when a lot of the time we come from the same gene pool!
It’s so hard to spread love and peace at Christmas time when you know it won’t come back to you. But I guess that is what happened at the first Christmas.
God gave the ultimate gift of love with no strings attached. We don’t have to accept it or believe it, but He gave it anyway.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.