By Renée Davis, Crosswalk.com
A while back I was having lunch with a dear friend when the subject of sending Christmas cards came up. She, a loving and very sweet woman, made mention that she really dislikes it when people send her Christmas cards and only sign their names. No mention of how their family is doing or what they’ve been up to, or even a little note of hello or to wish her well.
To my friend, though she was appreciative of them taking time to send the cards, it just seemed that those sending the cards were simply going through the motions, doing what was expected—nothing more. The cards were so very impersonal, almost like a chore and didn’t connect with her the way that her heart longed for them to.
I’ve been guilty of it myself. Busy with life, wading through mounds of dirty dishes and laundry, hitting deadlines, and leaping small buildings in a single bound. Then, all the sudden, I’d realize (along with a majority of the rest of the world) that Christmas was only 10 days away, and I hadn’t even thought about gifts, much less Christmas cards. So I’d scream out of my driveway, fly down to the corner drugstore and fight my way through the mob. And, of course, there wouldn’t be any nice boxes of cards left. So I’d grab what I could find, rush home to send them out, only quickly scribbling my name—because, really, a signature is all that’s required. Then I immediately felt better because I’d get to cross it off my overwhelming, ever-growing to-do list.
Sound familiar? (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
Funny when you think about it, though. We’d never do this when sending a birthday card to a friend, would we? And isn’t that really what a Christmas card is? A birthday card that celebrates the most important birth of all!
I once received a birthday card from a friend who had handwritten a Scripture along with a sweet little birthday wish. There was just something so special about her taking the time to choose a particular Scripture for my card, a particular Scripture chosen just for me. It connected with me on a level that was much more than expected and much more than required. And at that time in my life, her chosen Scripture for me was anything but a coincidence, I’m sure. Not only did it bless me, it gave her the opportunity to share her love of God and His Word with me.
It seems so simple, really. And it probably took her only a minute or two. But I promise you that was years ago, and it’s still fresh in my mind and heart today.
This Christmas, when signing your cards, will you take an extra minute or two to be a blessing to someone and to share your faith with believers and nonbelievers through His Word? His Word is Truth and Life, and by sharing it, there’s no telling the impact that extra minute or two will make.
To make it easier for you to share God’s Word during this holiday season, I’ve put together 10 beautiful verses about Christ for you to choose from. In addition to your greeting cards—and for those of us who opt not to send Christmas cards—you can include these in your Christmas newsletters, email signature, handwritten correspondence, and even gift tags.
May these 10 beautiful Scriptures be a part of this Christmas season and allow you to share His Word about the wonder and real reason for the season.
1. John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2. Matthew 1:23
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
3. Luke 2:11
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
4. James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above….
5. John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….
6. Romans 15:13
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
7. 1 John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
8. Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
9. Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Forgive us for just going through the motions in past Christmas seasons. Help us to slow down, and truly celebrate Your Son’s birth, share Your Word, and let others know that they’re important to us and are loved. Thank You for Your Son, for His birth, death, and resurrection. Forgive us for when we forget the real reason for the season. May we fall in love with Your Word all over again. Please help us to share that love of Scripture with others in every season of our lives.
In Christ’s name, Amen
Writer by day, transcriber by night, Renée is a former educator, boy mom, PPD survivor, and recovering fear-a-holic. She lives on Christ and caffeine as she attempts to finally transcend mediocrity and live the life Jesus died for her to have. When not tied to her desktop and swimming in coffee, the Floridian can be found wherever the water is salty, spending time with her son and husband of 15 years.
She’s a contributor to The Good Men Project, iBelieve, and, most recently, The Washington Post. You can learn more about Renee’s journey and her passion for helping women find their worth in the Word, not the world, at The Stay@Home Scribe.
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Publication date: December 15, 2016