December 15 Home Communicator – Wrapping Christmas presents for people I love is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. The other day I sat down to wrap some presents and my four-year-old wanted to get in on the fun. I gave him a scissors, some wrapping paper, and a tape dispenser and let him pick a toy from his closet to wrap. The result made me smile—wrapping paper ends were sticking up everywhere, parts of the toy were still showing, and there was more tape on the present than wrapping paper. It was a mess!
As his “present” sat under our tree, it provided an image of what Christmas feels like to me this year. The Love Bazaar didn’t get to take place, kids didn’t get to worship at the Christmas program, parents won’t be able to join for Christmas parties, Christmas get-togethers with family feel unknown or uncertain—it kind of feels like a mess.
However, in the midst of a messy world, the Gift of Christmas remains the same. Jesus came to earth as a baby for a broken world. He came to set the world free. He came to restore joy and fill our hearts with peace.
We have hope in our Savior. As different or messy as this Christmas may feel, I pray that God will fill our hearts with joy and peace so that we may celebrate the greatest gift of all—His son.
Christmas blessings to your families,
Julie Moes, Early Childhood Director