From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;
as the Law was given through Moses,
so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.
“But this . . . this sound wasn’t sad. Why . . . this sound sounded glad.
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing, without any presents at all! He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming, it came!
Somehow or other . . . it came just the same.” — Narrator, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet . . . means a little bit more.
You’re reading a devotional. You’re perfectly aware of the true meaning of Christmas. I won’t wear you out with tired platitudes like:
“Remember the Reason for the Season!”
“Christmas Is a Time for Giving.”
If Christmas was simply a time for giving, wouldn’t all the Whos down in Whoville be upset? The Grinch just made off with all the gifts they were about to give with love.
Why do they still come out on Christmas morning and sing? Because the greatest gift ever given has already been received . . .[John 1:16 — From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace]
. . . and there’s nothing the Grinch can do about it.
We all can feel the pressure to “make Christmas” perfect for everyone — to buy the perfect gift, decorate the perfect tree, prepare the perfect meal. But Christmas isn’t something we make. It’s something that has already been given.
Christmas is a time for receiving with gratitude.
Look, you and I both know you’re still going to try to make Christmas amazing for all those you love. It’s who you are. That’s okay. So here’s what I want you to do for a prayer. Simply spend one minute — 60 whole seconds — appreciating the amazing gift of Jesus you have received. Then whisper an “amen.” (If you don’t feel something in this one minute, try it again tomorrow.)