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By Suheily Maldonado
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both[a] which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him
The verses above are the consequences of our Savior’s birth and a beautiful reminder of God’s promises for us through Christ Jesus. It is easy to get caught up in the hype of the materialistic part of Christmas. What gifts to buy, who gets what, and in our flesh, we often think, “I really hope I get something I love”. But one must not dwell on what we are getting; the real treasure lies on what we already have. The birth of a savior that would come to redeem us and love us in ways a pair of $50 jeans can’t. Whatever gifts we get, good and bad are just extra compared to that magnificent gift that was born in a manger some two thousand years ago. So if you happen to find yourself overwhelmed this holiday season for one reason or another, just remember to dwell in the glory of His grace and remember, Christmas is about celebrating what we already have, not what we are getting.