I will never forget my first Christmas after becoming a Christian. I was still in the throes of that newfound love and adoration for the Beautiful One who came to me and saved me.
I remember going to the store and walking down the Christmas card aisle, searching for a card about Jesus Christ. In years past, I always purchased "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" cards, but not this year! I finally, for the first time in my life, understood what Christmas truly meant!
I finally found a card with a poem about Jesus' birth and a Bible verse on the inside. I smiled as I put them in my cart, filled yet again with awe and wonder.
I remember signing the cards "In the Love of Christ" and realizing in a sense I was mailing out my own "birth announcement" with these cards. Most people were not aware yet of my conversion and were most likely taken aback when they received the cards. I didn't care....I was so desperately in love with Jesus Christ, I would have shouted it from the rooftops!
That Christmas I went to a Christmas concert and wept during songs like "O Holy Night". How many years had I sat through Christmas concerts cold as a stone, never once being moved by the precious words in these songs? But that Christmas, it felt as though I would explode from the love that filled my heart!
My kids and I made a "birthday" cake for Jesus that year, and we spent the day reading Scripture and just celebrating all that He is. It was wonderful watching my kids eagerly accept and embrace this new passion of mine. I didn't realize how wonderful the faith of small children can be at the time. I bet my kids can't remember a time now when I didn't love Jesus Christ passionately. I am thankful for that. I want their memories of me to be ones of a mom who walked with the Lord and loved Him with all of her heart.
I still sign my Christmas cards "In the Love of Christ". By now most people know Whom it is that I love and adore, but I have no qualms about sending out explicitly Christian cards (I always search for the one that most glorifies and honors Jesus Christ). I am not ashamed of my faith and the Lord's birth. It is a time of rejoicing and celebration in my life, and if I cannot share such bountiful joy with the people in my life, whom can I share it with?
I have been given the most beautiful gift in this world....Jesus Christ and all that He is. Knowing Him and loving Him makes life worth living. Jesus Christ is the One who makes Christmas worth celebrating. Without Him, there would be no Christmas. Without Him, there would be no life!