Disaster struck our family. Let’s start at April 2018. Sick child. In and out of hospital. Lost our tenant. Income reduced. Major car repairs. Two freezers died. Full of meat. Mail fail. Tax error. Canada Child Benefit delayed 6 months. Income decimated. Pneumonia. Then a guy cost us $1000 in August. We were crushed. Didn’t tell anyone but God. We needed help. Suddenly a man shows up at our door.
“God told me to give this to you.” Hands us $1000 cash. Walks away. Who does that? There’s more. Let’s count some miracles. Since April, 3 families gave us meat. 15 brought dinners. 12 came to help clean. Watch children. Pray. 7 families sent money. So many people. So many sacrifices. So much love. What did they all have in common? Jesus. Someone somewhere must have shared the “good news” with them.
What is the good news? God made us. We’re not a random accident. We’re loved. We have a purpose. Even though we betrayed God, He didn’t stop loving us. Even though we broke God’s law. He sent Jesus to pay the penalty. Even though we were dead in our sins, God made us alive in Christ. It’s not religion. It’s relationship. We don’t have to jump through hoops to earn this. We just need to trust Jesus. Believe and receive eternal life. That’s epic news.
Christmas. It’s about God sending us the best gift ever. Himself. His Son. His Spirit. To live in us and through us. But it’s more than that. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Once we put our faith in Jesus, He makes His home in us. Supernaturally. Making us more like Jesus every day. That’s a gift to everyone around us. We overflow with Jesus things. Love. Patience. Kindness. Forgiveness. Joy. Peace. Self-control. Generosity. We’ve seen how beautiful that looks in Stonewall during our season of struggle.
This Christmas give the gift that keeps on giving. A new you and the gospel too!!!