Christmas = The gift of Redemption

In one week we will celebrate Christmas, the greatest gift of love a parent could ever offer a child, redemption. Redemption doesn’t seem like much if you don’t feel the weight of the need. But there are moments, when we know we’ve screwed up and we wish we could go back and change the past…in those moments redemption is all we can hope for.

Stripped of our bravado, our private choices revealed and highlighted, our secrets being exposed to the light…

in those moments, REDEMPTION is the most beautiful gift of all.

It is a gift that is undeserved.

It is a gift that is wanted but unexpected.

It is a gift full of love…a love that surrounds you and accepts you and won’t shun you or turn you away. It is a gift that assures that you will never be alone, no matter who you are or what you’ve done.

re·demp·tion

noun
  1.   The action of saving or being saved from sin, error or evil.
             “God’s plans for his redemption of the world.”
saving, freeing from sin, absolution
             2. The action of gaining or regaining something in exchange   for payment or clearing a debt.
It is the gift of Christmas. God loving us so much that he came down from heaven in the form of a child. Leaving all of His glory and the perfection of heaven to save us from the mess we had created here on earth. He knew everything we had done, he had heard every hateful speech we had uttered, he saw every shameful act we had participated in and yet he loved us. He saw us for what we were and still his heart was full of forgiveness because we were His and he longed to redeem us and pick us up and save us. He couldn’t turn his back on us and give us what we deserved…he was our Father.
Today my bedroom looks like an Amazon warehouse. I still have shopping to do and none of my wrapping is done. It is so easy for me to get so distracted by the “things” of Christmas. To overlook and ignore the “why” of what we are celebrating.
Today I feel my Savior, my Father, lifting my head from sin and shame. He whispers, “I love you and nothing will ever change that.
And I believe Him.

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