Reflect for a moment on John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." (NRSV) Think about this verse in terms of Christmas with God as the gift giver and each of us - God's children - as the recipients. What wonderful gifts you and I have received through the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus!
Christmas is not about how many gifts we give one another or how much money we spend on gifts. Christmas is a time to reflect on the love God has for each person in our family, for the world, and for me. It is a time to remember that God has already given us the greatest gift of all - Jesus! By bringing our family together at Christmas, God fills our life with light.
Ask your teen...
When the holidays are over, how can we remember God's gifts?
What can we do to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness all year long?
What does Christmas mean to you?
Challenge your teen...
How can you spread Jesus' love to those you know and those you don't know?
Gather a group of family or friends and go caroling! Sing at the local care center or for members of our church who are homebound.
Father, thank you for the gift of your Son! Amen.