Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? When my husband and I were first married we were so lazy when it came to decorating our house at Christmas that we just had a blow-up Christmas tree!
Now we have children we make much more of an effort with tinsel and baubles and lights.
My favourite thing to arrange is the Nativity scene. Putting out the manger with the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and all the extra characters… it reminds me of the real meaning of Christmas – God’s love.
The great thing is, God’s love is not just around at Christmas time. He loves us all throughout the year.
A friend of mine actually keeps a Christmas decoration out for the whole year to remind them that God’s love is always there for us, not just at Christmas. It’s not a bad idea.
Let’s not forget that the true meaning of Christmas does not end on Boxing Day.
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.
Hi Linda, a friend sent me your devotion this morning on Fostering. We said goodbye to our precious little foster baby on Tuesday. She came at 3days old and is 15 weeks this week. It’s heartbreaking, yet I know God has a plan for her and this is part of it. I would so appreciate your wisdom in dealing with our grief.
I wish that I had an easy answer for your grief. It is so hard to say goodbye and I pray that your faith in God remains firm as you commit your little one over to Him. You have done amazing things for the last 15 weeks. May God restore your heart as you trust Him to carry your foster baby from here. Well done, good and faithful servant!