will continue to feel empty. Only when we begin to live our lives based on what
we can give will we be deeply fulfilled. Christmas is a season of restoration
and love. The essence of love is giving. If Jesus was born to restore us to God,
then how to better celebrate that restoration than by restoring ourselves to
each other in love?
What are you giving this Christmas? No, I am not referring to the
presents under the tree, but to the gifts of love and restoration. If someone
has stumbled, what have you done to restore them? If someone has lied, broken
their promise, cheated, hurt you in some way; what have you done to love them in
1 Samuel 12:20-21 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: you have done
all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the
LORD with all your heart; And turn you not aside: for then should you go after
vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
According to this passage, it does not matter that you have stumbled.
Whether you stand or stumble, keep walking. This is the case with I who have
stumbled, and it is the case with he who has fallen in the way against me.
Jesus was born in a meager manger to give the most extravagant gifts of
eternity: love and restoration. This Christmas, find two people to give a gift
to… one of restoration and the other of love.