Today’s Scripture: In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1¬†John¬†4:9-10

We live in a county that has it all: tablets, flat screen TV’s, watches that double as phones…we can pretty much have access to anything we want whenever we want it. In the process of trying to solve daily problems, we have created some interesting new ones. For example, the issue is no longer how can we get a hold of someone quickly, it is now: “What do I do when I have successfully made it to the office but have left behind the precious cell-phone charging cable?” Or, how about the conundrum of: “What can keep me from losing my mind when there is no wifi?” But wait, there is the even bigger issue of: “What on earth am I going to get my loved ones who pretty much already have everything?”

I have discovered that with each passing year, it becomes tougher and tougher to find a good enough stocking-stuffer. Perhaps that sounds funny, but it’s true. I mean, life is pretty tough, right? It gets so distracting. We get swept away with what is expected of us this season, and we completely lose the essence of what it is that we are celebrating. The Savior of the world came to earth to take our place and die for the sins of mankind. What a stirring thought-what a jolt to reality! This day, this week, this season, this life is not about us. It’s all about the baby that was born that starlit night in that little town of Bethlehem.

I am not saying that you should not enjoy the festivities of this special time. But, I think we all need to be reminded to de-stress about the stocking-stuffers, turn off the electronic devices, and put down the oven-mitts long enough to reflect on all that we were given when God sent His only Son to be born to save our selfish, sinful souls. This is the gift we need to share today and everyday-no wrapping required.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.