Christmas cards will still arrive in your mailbox this week; it is fun to see family pictures and read of happenings throughout the year in Christmas letters. Can you imagine opening today's mail and getting a Christmas card and letter from Jesus? Maybe he would write something like this:
A blessed Christmas time to you! Just as the townspeople of Bethlehem missed my birth all those years ago, it would be easy for you to go through Christmas and miss me, too.
But I do not want that for you! If you miss Me, you will also miss my joy, you will miss the peace only I can give you - way down deep inside. Oh, I know the way is really rough for some of you--Christmas without your dear one and many things seeming so unsure . . . family splintered, seemingly at odds.
Take heart, you are not alone, Child.
I am as near to you as you will let me be,
and I am for you.
Come to me, and I will give you rest.1
Peace I give you--not like the world's, though--let not your heart be troubled,2 dear one. Consider my gifts to you this Christmas, and you will discover peace, you will unlock joy.
Ah, Child, just in case you were wondering . . . those were strange sensations I experienced, born of Mary, that night so long ago. I came a long way to bring a new way ~ to bring salvation to all people. Nothing prepared me for the pain I experienced on Calvary. Worse than the physical pain was when my Father turned his back on me, as I bore all of the sin of mankind, past and present, in my being. I had never known such isolation or loneliness. If you were the only one ever born, I would have done it just for you. And you know the story didn't end there--I did what I said I would do--I awakened from the dead, and defeated the grave. I am alive. I give you the gift of relationship with Me--[I am not talking about religion, not even talking about church--but an all-the-time, ongoing daily relationship with Me]
You will remember, when I returned to Heaven, ten days later I sent you a Comforter--the Holy Spirit.3 Do you sense the Holy Spirit's presence in you and at work around you? Enjoy the Holy Spirit, Child. He is a gift!
'Want to really know me? I give you the gift of my words--the Holy Scriptures. Read the words of the prophets, the inspired words of the poet, David--read the words I spoke. You will find wisdom, instruction, inspiration, correction, truth, comfort - why, they are the very words of life.
I have another gift for you, Joe, Deborah, Bill, _______; it is relationship that you can experience-the one that exists between those who call themselves mine. Some call it fellowship; nothing compares to it really. If you are not experiencing it, you are missing out, so find some people who love Me to do lifewith - you will not regret it.
~>>>I am a simple prayer away; just invite me into your life to forgive your sins - make you clean and new, to lead and guide you.
Finally, at Christmas time this year, do not miss My gift of contentment~ it is okay to rest in the "enough". There is freedom in living in the enough, and relishing with gratitude the very gift of life.
These are just some of my gifts to you this year- peace, salvation, a living Savior, the Holy Spirit, Scripture, the special relationships you have with other followers of Mine and contentment--all because it is my desire to bless you.
May the blessings of Christmas continue into the New Year,
p.s. I love you
A song for you: The First Christmas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHRGSmobTfU
1 - Matthew 11.28-29
2 - John 14.27
3 - Acts 1 - 2