Children’s Pastor at Bayside of Citrus Heights
I love and appreciate every season, but if I had to choose a favorite time of year, it would be Christmas. I love all of the decorations, the shopping, the baking, performances, and spending time with family. When I was a little girl, I remember going over to my grandparent’s house and was in awe of the bright and beautiful Christmas lights on their house and their gorgeous Christmas tree inside. I used to love sitting by their tree in the dark and listening to the Christmas music that my grandpa would play on his record player for me. My grandmother would bake the most amazing Christmas cookies for us and my grandpa would deliver them with a special mixed tape of Christmas music. We would listen to our tapes over and over. Looking back on my childhood, I am so thankful that I had grandparents that made Christmas special for us. But, there is always a tinge of pain when I think about those memories because they have both passed away. I miss them so much, especially during the holidays.
Thankfully both of my grandparents loved Jesus, and my hope is that I will see them again.
Thankfully both of my grandparents loved Jesus, and my hope is that I will see them again. We learn in Matthew 12:21 that the name of Jesus “is the hope of all the world”. Because Jesus Christ was born to us as a little baby, died on the cross for our sins and rose again, we can live with Him forever if we repent, believe, and place our trust in Him. But Jesus didn’t just come so that we could have forgiveness of sins, He came so that you and your children could have freedom and live an abundant life now.
Is there something that you and your family are hoping for this Christmas? An increase in finances, healthy relationships, good friends for your kids, help with a learning disability, or emotional or physical healing?
Read Isaiah 9:6-7 with your children. What do these names say about who Jesus is and what He promises to do for us?
Talk about what this passage means to you.
Share your hopes together as a family and with God in prayer. Then, wait expectantly for Him to answer.