December 22, 2010 Donna New

As the days on which the Jews got rest from their enemies and as the month which was turned for them from sorrow to gladness and from mourning into a holiday – that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days of sending choice portions to one another and gifts to the poor. Esther 9:22

The Jews celebrated something a little similar to our Christmas. The people of  Persia were going to kill them all until they prayed and Esther went into the king on behalf of the lives of her people. Once the king said yes to Esther, she could stop the massacre, the people began to celebrate.

The way they celebrated was by giving food to each other and gifts to the poor. What a beautiful way to celebrate a rescue by God – to give to each other. And not only that, they took care of the poor on this day. How it must please God for Him to see His people with generous hearts due to His power and might on their behalf.

Today we give gifts to each other and we buy a can of pumpkin or a turkey for a love basket to someone in need. It’s still pretty beautiful to me. I know it’s commercialized and they draw us in with their magnetic advertisements but we do the buying with love, we do the wrapping with love, we do the giving with love. And it’s all to celebrate a rescue by God.

He gave His Son, our freedom, on Christmas Day so that we would love each other. But the One we don’t want to forget is Him. There’s no way to give Him a card and a TV or a gift card to WalMart but we can take out a little time to remember Him that day. Just sit back in your room by yourself and think on how a poor baby came to love you. To save you. To talk with you. To be your Best Friend. Just worship a bit. And then go out and celebrate!


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  • 1. heather joy  |  December 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I have always wanted to be able to volunteer in a soup kitchen or for some other program that helps needy or homeless people. I just need about 5 more hours in the day to be able to do this. Between work, school, church, and everyday issues, I can hardly find time to eat, shower, and sleep. *sigh*
    Merry Christmas to you!
    ~ Heather Joy

    • 2. purplefacedpansy  |  December 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Merry Christmas to you Heather Joy! When the time is right you’ll find a way to get into that soup kitchen. Maybe the Lord has you doing other things right now for a reason. Take care.

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