Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. It's a time to love, laugh and live in the moment with your family. It's a time for finding and giving your best gift to those we love and cherish.
But, as I think about the gifts that I've exchanged with my family and friends, I can't help but graciously pause and think about the greatest gift that I have ever received. The gift of salvation - true freedom, unconditional love and forgiveness.
It hardly seems fair to have received such a priceless gift from my Father, since all I gave in exchange was my brokenness.
I can't even begin to tell you all the amazing things that the Lord has done in my life, but I can tell you that He is truly incredible and I am forever grateful to know Him and have a relationship with Him. Just in this past year, the Lord has strengthened bonds in my family, opened doors of opportunity that I could never have opened in my own strength (personally and professionally) and He has given me peace in areas that I struggled with for years. My heart is filled with joy when I think about the goodness of the Lord.
As you pick up the scattered gift wrap and bows and dim the lights on your Christmas tree this evening, I pray that you take some time to think about how you will boldly and proudly display the greatest gift you received from your Heavenly Father. And if you are reading this post and have not yet accepted the gift of salvation, I invite you to receive it today. If you're unsure of how to do that, I've provided you with a few words to help you begin.
Prayer of Salvation
I come before you today to thank you for the ultimate gift of your son. I am extremely grateful that you sent Jesus to pay the ultimate price for my sins. I know that I have not always walked a straight path and I've made some unwise decisions in my life. I'm sorry, Father and I ask for your Forgiveness. I ask that you help me to forgive myself. You loved me when I didn't know how to love myself and for that I
graciously thank you. Please come into my heart. Change and direct my path and let Your amazing power and love be the source that fuels my every move.