Now we can celebrate! Now we can celebrate Jesus' birthday, time with family (and friends) and the special gifts God has given each of us. Of course the first special gift IS Jesus -- Emmanuel, God with us. What a wonderful gift to celebrate!
Then there is the gift that God has given to each of us. The one thing we love to do that we can also do for others. In my case it is my needlework. A way to spend time with God, yes, but also a way to give to others. God has given each of us just such a special way of being with Him but also being able to bless others with the gift.
Now, as we share gifts with each other, we can think about what gift we are giving to God. Through out Advent we were reflecting on what God is/was asking us to do. Now we need to think on how we are going to answer -- what are we going to give God.
I think God is asking for our time. Time WITH God. Time in God's Word, time in prayer AND time with others in worship.
I think God is asking that we share the gift, the special gift he has given each of us, with others.
What do you think?