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  • Writer's pictureBelinda Lane

Discussion: A Gift For Everyone

(There will not be a Story or Poem with this week blog)

December 25, 2020

This is the time we honor the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. A time of hope, joy and most of all a chance to refresh and reflect. A time to put this year behind us and pave a new path into the New Year. This discussion is a focused awareness on the birth of our Savior. A birth that was not in a palace with a crib draped of the rarest of materials. There were no servants fussing over his care. There was no announcement from the palace that a Savior was born nor was there dancing in the streets.

The Savior of the World would arrive in the most uncommon of places for any baby to be born. Only the parents were in attendance and the first to hail the baby boy into the world as they placed him in a water-trough. I’m confident the animals around the infant in their own manner of communication probably recognized there was an extraordinary atmosphere around them. Little did anyone know that this perceived common birth would subsequently affect the entire world.

This birth made an announcement to the world. It was not just a proclamation to the inhabitants of their kingdom. A gift to the world not restricted to specific nations. This birth and life sent a reverberating echo around the world. A star to lead wise men and an angel to appear to the shepherds. The appearance of a common baby born in a stable to be the Savior of the World.

Luke 2:8-10 8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

The message is still the same as it was then when the angel spoke “Fear not”. We are in a season where fear is dominating our world. Too many are in panic mode, anxiety is high and too many are doing things they thought they would never do in the name of Survival. Still, there is a spirit, even if only a thread of hope that remains within us. We don’t know when this world season (Pandemic) we are in will end, but we know it will end.

Commercializing during this season every year has put a strain on adults to work magic with their already exhausted budget of just surviving with household necessities. Now many operating under the pressure of not just giving a gift, but the gift list gift. I believe in giving gifts. I love the smile and hearing “Thank you” and “this is what I wanted.”

We will need to know how this season to have a conversation entailing “I Love You” with a limited or no gift attached. A conversation of how important you as a person are to me. I believe this world season of the Pandemic (as unfortunate as it is), can be a time to Refresh ourselves. To look at one another as a person instead of things attached to the person and what you can do for me. God gave us the greatest gift of love ever to humanity…Jesus, which came in a form that all humans can feel touched. This year let us give that unconditional love, let’s give forgiveness to ones who have hurt us. Remember to give a hand to the needy and teach our children to do the same. If we “Fear not” this can be our best and most special Christmas ever. From the Friday at Sundown Staff “Merry Christmas” to you and your family.

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