What I would like you to think about, with this greeting, is how your are 'facing the giant' of consumerism and our 'politically correct' world. Remember this is OUR Holy Day! We need to be claiming this AND celebrating Emmanuel -- God WITH us. We need to be remembering that this is Jesus' birthday NOT our birthday. We need to thinking about what changes (last week's blog) God is calling us to make. We need to be celebrating our Lord and Savior.
The "world" will start telling us, if it hasn't already, about the newest version, latest gadget, biggest 'toy' that each of us is suppose to need -- or at least want. I'm suggesting we "change" and realize we have enough. I'm suggesting we "change" how we celebrate CHRISTmas this year. I'm suggesting we give JESUS a birthday present of feeding the hungry, taking care of the widow and orphan, helping the prisoner, or any of a number of other ways/things we can (and should) be doing.
So........ As we start thinking about CHRISTmas, plans for family, and what gifts to be giving to __________ (fill in the blank). I encourage you to be thinking about 'changes' and what gift you are giving to JESUS this year -- after all it is HIS birthday we are celebrating!