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December 25, 2012 -

We hope you have been enjoying this year’s The Gifts of Christmas. As you may know, my wife, Janet writes the Advent devotional guide each year. She also blogs twice weekly at

Instead of the typical Cultural Commentary, we would like to share Christmas devotionals to help prepare you to celebrate the birth of our King, who became one of us so that we might be one with him. Our ministry wishes you a blessed Christmas season, filled with his joy and peace.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. -Luke 2:52

Children grow up. Family dynamics change. If your children are young, enjoy their laughter today and the thrill of Christmas in their eyes. If your children are grown, enjoy the sweet memories of past Christmases and give thanks that they have become adults. If you are missing children today, spend Christmas with God’s Son. And if your loved one is in heaven, know with certainty that he or she is having the most joyful Christmas possible.

The goal is for life to move forward towards heaven. God wants us to move forward growing in wisdom as well as stature. We are to grow with God’s favor and with the favor of those we meet. Christmas is a day—but the gifts of Christmas are eternal.

Whatever your circumstances, spend the day celebrating the fact that the baby in the manger grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. As you look ahead to the New Year, commit to grow as Jesus did. One day, we will celebrate forever with the baby, who grew up and is looking forward to having you “home.”

Jesus was God’s perfect gift—and he still is. I hope you will receive all that Jesus was born to give. May your Christmas be blessed with faith, hope and love—but God’s greatest gift is love.

“For God so loved you that he gave you his one and only son.”

Celebrate and receive the gifts of Christmas.

May the Lord richly bless you and those you love,
on this special day and throughout the New Year.

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