Every year at Christmas time, I start thinking about my loved ones. When everyone is all gathered together around the dinner table, I can feel the love all around. The laughter, the gentle ribbing, the children running through the house, and the smells of the food all invoke my love trigger. I am at peace, and I am happy.

Love can be shown in many ways. There are displays of love by hugs, but you can also show love by your actions. At this time of the year, you hear a lot about giving to those less fortunate. Christmas Angel trees, where you adopt a child, family, or a nursing home patient, are ways where we can show love for our neighbors. 

Another way that we can show love is by paying it forward. We have all heard about paying the bill for the person behind us in line at McDonalds or Starbucks. And, most of you have probably heard about paying the toll for the person behind you on a toll road. But, there are other things that you can do to show love like leaving a BIG tip for your waiter or waitress. You could shovel the snow on someone’s driveway, or maybe even take cookies to your local police station or fire station. I am sure that you can come up with a lot of ideas to show that you care.

Love is a consist theme throughout the Bible.

Matthew 22: 36-39

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

But, there will never be a greater gift of love than the one that the Lord gave to all of us. He gave His son! 

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

This holiday season, even though we are rushed and busy, let’s take a minute to reflect on the greatest sacrifice that has ever been made and offer a prayer of thanks.

Have A Blessed Day!

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6 Comments

  1. Your message today has certainly touched a note with me. This week we put our Christmas tree up and I have found it such an emotional time – so much so that as I write this I have tears in my eyes. Every ornament has a memory from the two home made ornaments made by our daughter at playgroup 26 years ago. To the ornaments mine and Mr Mcs parents bought for us. I was very much missing them all. This will be the 12th Xmas we have had without my parents and the 2nd for Mr Mc’s. Our daughter and her partner will not be here with us also as Fiona works in London theatre and will only get 36 hours from finishing work Christmas Eve to returning on Boxing Day.

    This year for the first time ever Mr Mc will be spending our Christmas with my brother and sister at their homes (a long story for another time). It will be so different for me now being part of a large family but also the start to making many more happy memories. I know that I will feel sad and miss the people who are no longer with us but will enjoy making new memories with the love of those around me.

    Jill x

    • Tania Reply

      Jill, Christmas time is an emotional time for so many people. It is hard when your loved ones can’t be with you to enjoy the festivities. I know you will enjoy the time spent with your brother and sister-in-law and a new tradition might be born.

  2. Tania, I love and adore you! You’re such an encouraging and helpful blogger. Thanks for the daily laughs and inspiration. 🤗

  3. So true, Tania! On our tree, every ornament is a special memory. Some were made by by our girls and our granddaughter….Baby’s First Christmas ornaments…..some
    that were gifts from cherished friends and relatives. I do get emotional, but I also enjoy the opportunity to recall all those special memories and people we love. It’s so important to recognize those in need and share a little love with our community, especially at Christmas time.

  4. Dana Buckingham Reply

    We bake cookies for our neighbors and take a large tray to the fire station that services our area. Our families don’t live here so we invite the next door neighbors over to enjoy Christmas dinner with us. We do miss our kids and their families though! You are blessed to be able to celebrate with yours.

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