If I’m ever asked,“what’s your favorite holiday?” my reply would have to be, “the birthdays of my family and friends.”
One of our deepest wishes is the desire to feel special…not from presents or material items, but in the knowledge that someone would take a little extra time out to do something just for us.
Birthdays give us the perfect opportunity to do this; they provide us with a way to show the person we are celebrating just how much we love and appreciate them. They also allow us to recognize that not only has another year come and gone, but a new one is looming on the horizon, full of promise and plans for the future.
I’ve been blessed to share a lot of special birthdays this year, including one by a dear friend today, but as I think back over this year I can’t help but look forward to the most important birthday of all occurring at the end of the month. Christmas is a holiday that we place a lot of importance on, but mostly for shopping to receive and give gifts. I have to admit, I love it all, especially the gift giving, but we must first recognize the reason we are celebrating this holiday.
Over two thousand years ago a very special birthday took place. “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
No birthday has ever given us a better promise for a future than the birth of the God-child who was sent to save the world. “For unto us a child is born.” For unto us a plan was put into motion that would allow this Child to grow up and die for us all. From birth until death, events would play out until each prophecy was revealed, and all scriptures fulfilled.
With His birthday, December 25th became a day set aside for each one of us to feel special and loved. Time slows down and gifts us with the knowledge that we are important enough to die for, blessed enough to love, and loved enough to be enough.
“Love birthed Himself and births us life. I’ll take your broken heart and give you My warmed one; I’ll take your broken body and give you My fresh Spirit; I’ll take your burden-broken back and give you weightlessness. Take Me? Let Me be your enough? Always now, no matter what — let me be your enough.” (Voskamp, p. 257)
Voskamp, Ann, The Greatest Gift, Tyndale House Publishing, 2013
Photos © 2016 Salina T Gibson
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