This is going to be about Self! But I hope in a good way. I wrote yesterday that this Christmas I’m splurging on myself. Two electronic devices is almost too much. But they will simplify (or complicate) my life. We’ll have to see about that.
What I’m going to talk about is a most serious matter. I went to town because I had to deposit money for my artist in Costa Rica. That gave me some alone-time in the car to meditate. That’s when I realized that a new iPhone is nothing compared to the Christmas present I want to talk about.
Do you have the custom of giving yourself a present? The good thing about that is that you get exactly what you want! My mother’s Aunt Margit used to exchange any present she got. Her husband didn’t care what he picked, because, he said, “She is going to exchange it anyway!” You don’t have to do that if you pick your own present.
I’ve had some people pierce my heart. The hurt has brought tears to my eyes, but that is nothing compared to the hurt in my heart.
Here is what I meditated on during the drive to town and back. If I don’t forgive and forget the hurt, I will be causing myself more pain every day. The people who have hurt me have moved on. I don’t think they care one bit about me or my feelings.
I need to give myself the best Christmas present ever. I need to forgive! And I need to move on. One of the situations is still hurting very bad, because it has to do with things that are very dear to me.
“Jesus, I can’t do this without your help,” I was praying in the car. He has helped me in each one of the instances. And I know he will continue to help me.
It’s Christmas Eve. I have wrapped presents for each one in the family here. Since my daughter has married an American, she now follows the tradition of having gift exchange on Christmas morning.
The Swedish custom is to do it on Christmas Eve. I used to fix a very special breakfast on Christmas Eve morning. Then, in the evening, we would have our gift exchange.
Through God’s gift of Jesus he forgives and forgets. God can do anything. But he cannot remember the sins he has forgiven. How glorious is that?!
This is my suggestion. Give yourself the best Christmas gift possible. Let go of hurts and angry feelings. Don’t let people who have hurt you win. God gave his Son, Jesus, so we could receive forgiveness. Jesus, God’s Son, wants to help us to forgive.
It’s hard, you say. I know it’s hard! But unforgiveness is like a cancer that eats away our joy. Wrap you present of forgiveness in God’s love and grace. If you need to talk to the people who have hurt you, do it. If that’s not necessary then just forgive in your heart.
With Jesus’ help my best Christmas present is going to be forgiveness. I want to start the new year with a clean slate. I chose as a theme for this year “A Journey of Joy.” There have been quite a few bumps on the road, but the joy of the Lord has been my strength.
Thanks for hearing me out. May the love of God overwhelm you this Christmas and may the coming year bring you joy unspeakable, as you start out with the Gift of Forgiveness.
Thanks be to God for his
2 Corinthians 9:15