The Final Read it With Me Wednesday with Wisdom Wednesday Linkup

As the year comes to an end, many things are ending with it, but new beginnings are here as well.
This is my last week hosting the Wisdom Wednesday link-up, but I am excited to be joining the Marriage and Menu Linkup each Monday!  Yay for new beginnings. 
Things have been a bit of a whirlwind the last few weeks around here, I’ve barely had time to take a breath.  (I am sure I’m not the only one…)
As we all know, Christmas is upon us {wow, how did that happen?!}…  So it would be appropriate to write about Christmas.
How powerful and strong God must be to give His son for our sins; to deliver Jesus Christ on earth knowing what he would sustain, and ultimately face.  For people who are unworthy of such a sacrifice, who take it for granted every single day.
But how faithful!  How wonderful, and loving.  God loves us so much He sent His son to die for us.
So as we have been celebrating Christmas with Lexie and Max this year, we have really focused on why God sent Jesus, and who that baby ultimately grew up to be.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6 

I am not sure what God thinks about us celebrating Jesus’ birth, as the Bible doesn’t say to set aside a day for it. Some say we have taken the date of December 25th from pagan celebrations, while others argue this date was celebrated as Christmas before Christians began “borrowing” dates from pagans.  Despite which camp you are part of, do you think how we celebrate Christmas today is the right way?

Every year everyone says commercialism has gotten so out of hand, but what do we do about it?  Are we volunteering instead of buying?  Are we serving others rather than buying plastic toys made in China to give to less fortunate children?  Is that the best way to serve?  I don’t know.

But I know I don’t feel good about what Christmas has become, and I don’t want my babies thinking the world’s commercialized “Christmas” is a celebration of Christ’s birth, or the celebration of God fulfilling his promise to his people.  I am sure most will not argue with me, in no way did the birth of Christ look like or represent a man in a red suit, or a black Friday sale.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

I am beyond thankful and eternally grateful for the gift God gave us- his only son, so that my children and I may be saved.

Merry Christmas!  Thanks for reading with me the last few months, and I hope to see you on Mondays!

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