13 December 2017
The Promises of Christmas ~ Parental Promises
Happy Christmas Dear Reader,
The promises of Christmas that come from parents are multitude. Some are spoken and some are implied. I think a clue as to why retailers are launching Christmas in September may be hidden here as well.
I can clearly recall threats of Santa watching me as early as August. The promise in my world was that no matter how good I was a single act of disobedience could scuttle it all. The promise was that the scale was always tipped in the parental favor. The promise parents should make is that gifts are given out of love. The promise of Christmas is that we are freely given the gift of redemption. Giving gifts is supposed to be a reminder of that gift from the Father. Presents, like the gift of Christ must be freely given. They cannot be earned.
Another parental promise that is inherent in Christmas is to put your family first. This is not just getting the right gifts. It is showing love to everyone you encounter as an example. It is being good to each other. It is giving a little more to promote peace and restoration. We must do this as an example to our children. We must not put up signs that say peace on earth if we are not willing to work toward it in our own family.
The promise of Christmas is that a Father loved us enough to send his Son to reclaim us as his own. Nothing can be more parental. Nothing can signify more that parents have a great deal of responsibility to promote the promises of peace on earth and good will to men.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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