Author: Sarah Rexford
December is often a season of searching. Many times this begins as we search for that perfect Christmas gift. We look for the perfect table settings or recipe. We look for that friend to celebrate the season with. Sometimes we miss the blessing of what exactly this season brings.
Jesus Christ, come to earth, is the greatest blessing of the season.
We are told to ask and it will be given to us, and this truth is one we should purposefully implement into our lives. However, often we miss the very blessings we are asking for because we forget to open our eyes to them.
God’s gifts come in a variety of ways. Some of them look amazing on the outside, eye-catching, and sensational. Some of them are harder to spot but carry a blessing just as large.
As we celebrate the holidays this season, let’s keep our eyes open, purposefully looking for the many blessings Jesus brings. It is often said, blessings come in disguise.
One such blessing is service.
Service is a great blessing, one Jesus devoted his earthly ministry to. We have been given over and above anything we ever could deserve. Salvation, eternal relationship with Jesus Christ, and adoption as God’s sons and daughters…this is a blessing open to all. We are called to give back and this giving back is often an open opportunity to serve.
Packing hygiene kits, donating medical equipment, loving the least of these – all are ways we can serve those God created.
In the end, celebration is born out of thankfulness and hope: thanksgiving for what we have been given, and hope for what is to come. What better way to give back than by bringing others reason to be thankful and reason to hope?
As we remember all we’ve been given, in what ways are you most excited to serve those God has placed in your life?