We just received our first Christmas card of the season. I already know it’s going to be my favorite, because it features pictures of our grandchildren, who are cuter-than-cute and sweeter-than-sweet, in my highly biased opinion.
A tradition our family started when their father and his siblings were young was to put the Christmas cards we received in a specially decorated basket. At mealtimes throughout the holiday season and sometimes beyond, the family member who said grace would pick a card or two from the basket and pray for the sender and his or her family.
Praying for people who share holiday greetings with us is not only an act of giving back by asking God to bless friends and family but a means to remind ourselves that Christmas is not just about us. For God so loved the world that he sent his Son to the manger in Bethlehem.
And about that lovin’ feeling we get when we think of those near and dear? That’s a gift. We cannot conjure up love on our own. Our Immanuel God is love. Because of his incredible, lavish love, he chose to share himself and his love with us.