Dear Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Jesus
This time of year, Christmas Cards are sent all over the world sending best wishes of a happy holiday season, peace on earth, and a happy new year. We go shopping, and even though they say it's the "happiest time of the year" people are fighting over presents, and prices, and who will get all the new fangled toys. People complain about the long lines, and you can't even wish the cashier a "Merry Christmas" anymore because you don't want anyone to be "offended". Families come together to eat ham, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie. People are sitting around the fire telling stories, or standing around the piano singing carols. They sing of Jingle Bells, Snow, Snowmen coming to life, Reindeer whose noses light up, A Big Jolly man who comes down the chimney to deliver presents to good boys and girls, Silent Nights, Holy Nights, Angels Singing, and Much more! There are nativity scenes portraying a beautiful scene of donkeys and sheep sitting around a glowing baby in a manger. Of course, you know all of this though! We celebrate people's birthdays year after year with parties, balloons, presents, and cake. But how often do we set aside some time, this time of the year, to celerate your birth? You don't get presents, you don't get parties, you don't get balloons, or cake. Instead we focus on the warm fuzzy feeling of the holidays. I am sorry we so often get caught up in the ways of the world. I am sorry we so often think about the holiday instead of thinking about you.
So I just wanted to take a minute from the presents, from the food, from the family, from the carols, and the fuzzy feelings to thank you for everything! Thank you for your life, your death, and your salvation. Thank you for being willing to come down from Heaven, to come to this Earth as a baby. Thank you for being willing to be born of a virgin, and for being willing to be born in a manger. Thank you for making yourself lower, so I could go higher! Thank you for the ministry you lead here on the earth. Thank you for coming to pay the penalty of death for my sins. Thank you for the pain and suffering you placed on yourself for me. Thank you for placing all of my sin on yourself. Thank you for rising again on the third day. Thank you for washing my sins away, and making me free. Thank you for taking a rotten sinner like me, and making me a new person. Thank you for forgiving me, no matter how much I don't deserve it. Thank you for the hope that I have in my life. Thank you that I can know what will happen to me when I die someday. Thank you for your Amazing Grace, and Thank you for your Wonderful Love for me!
I am nobody special, I don't deserve anything special, I am just a normal human being, but you have done something great in my life! Help me to remember that, not only today, not only this time of year, but every day. Help me never to be ashamed of who I am, help me instead to be a light to the world I live in, and help me to grow to be more like you every day.
Once again, I thank you for everything you've done, and everything you do! Happy Birthday, I love you!