Tomorrow, the last day of November, I will close out the month with a true but sad story that impacted my life on this very day sixty-two years ago. It took me a while to get over it, but my faith helped as did family and it made me stronger and more independent than I might have been otherwise. I will tell you that first Christmas after the event was a tough one as it was for the entire family, but we weathered through and made it. And now when I look back at it I remember it while knowing that with the coming of Christmas the somber must give way to the joy we should all have knowing that we will celebrate the birth of the King of Kings in the form of God and Man. For it means his life on earth, to teach and preach and save the world with his life sacrifice began. It ended with us all being forgiven by Him, leaving the only task for us to solidify our standing with Him was believing in Him by faith and giving our life to Him.
So, open your heart this Christmas season with joy and love, for the birth we celebrate was God's way of trying to give us what we needed to gain salvation. It's the greatest gift we could ever be given and it started with that birth in a lowly manger. Enjoy the lights, the shopping, the laughter of children and the merry gatherings with all the good food and fellowship, but as we traverse our winter highway, never forget the real "Reason for the Season."
I hope you will join me and use this little bit of Christmas which I try to provide to enhance your appreciation for the good fortune we have been given by a Living God. God bless you all.