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Children of God

1 John 3:1

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

profileChristmas is just around the corner folks – are you ready?  Ready or not – it will be here shortly.  I pray that you have a Merry Christmas with family and friends.  If you don’t have family or friends – make some friends this year!  I hope I can say – go to your local Christian church and develop some new friends this Christmas.  I know you will find new friends at 1st UMC in Laurel – drop by some Sunday (8:15, 11 am) or Christmas Eve (4, 7, 11pm).

For those blessed with family – Christmas is normally a good time.  Days off of work (at the very least Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for most) – time to spend with family and friends.  What gatherings are on your calendar?  Our McDonald family gathering was last night.  We gathered at my sister’s home and shared time with Nan (my mom) and her off-spring.  We weren’t all there last night – but a quick count would yield 39 and counting I think.  We always have a great time.  We didn’t play the gift game this year at my sister’s request – but we had fun none-the-less.

Children make Christmas special for most people.  Any child will work it seems.  It could be your child – a God-child – a grandchild – or a great grandchild.  There is an awe about children when it comes to all of the lights – the tree – the songs – the family – and yes – the presents.  My dad loved Christmas – and now that I am a parent and a grandparent – I see why – in the eyes of our children and soon I will see it in the eyes of our grandchildren.

Today’s passage speak about the blessing to be called the children of God.  Part of the special blessing is Christmas – the real deal not the commercial side of it!  Part of the blessing is Easter.  Part of the blessing is walking life with a heavenly parent.  1 John 3:1 – How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas.  I hope that you have family around you for Christmas.  I hope there are some children in your life to enjoy at Christmas.  But more than anything – I hope that being a child of God blesses you for Christmas!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 16, 2013 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Marriage, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , ,

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