Think back for a moment on the greatest gift you have ever received. How did it feel when you saw it? Did you want to run and tell everyone you knew? Did it make you want to jump for joy? Did you feel like someone loved you a whole lot?

Yes, that’s how a great gift makes you feel – like you want to share it with the world.

Now imagine the manger scene and the announcement of the birth of the Messiah. Picture the awe of the shepherds as they watched the angels singing in the skies proclaiming the good news. Feel the anticipation of the wise men who traveled such a great distance to bring their gifts not knowing who they would find.

The gift of Jesus was the greatest expression of love God could ever give us. As the shepherds and the wisemen stopped what they were doing to behold the miracle before them, so too, let us pause and reflect the miracle of Christ’s birth and what it means to us today.

If I am feeling alone, Jesus promises he will never leave me nor forsake me. If I am hurting, he will heal my wounds and if I am afraid of what the future holds, I can rest in the knowledge that he is in control and he will deliver me. This Christmas will you accept the greatest gift of all and may you have the power to understand how wide, how long, how wide and how deep is the love of God for you (Eph 3:18).

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