This coming year holds much uncertainty. Uncertainty for families, uncertainty for our country, and uncertainty for the whole world. After a tumultuous 2020, the unknowns of 2021 may tempt us to be anxious and afraid. But Christ promises true peace and joy if we trust in Him. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, let us all celebrate the life of Christ before the new year. And may we begin this new year filled with hope because Christ has overcome the world. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Several months ago we published a blog about how to do hymn studies with your children. This month we wanted to show you how to apply hymn studies to a popular Christmas carol, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.” This carol is a great one to study with your children, because it follows a passage of Scripture and requires them to discover the meaning of some obscure words.
Christmas is the perfect time of year to share the gospel with unsaved relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances. One effective way to do this is by giving away homemade crafts that tell the gospel story. It’s also a great way to involve your children, not just in giving physical gifts but also in giving out the good news of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is going to look different for a lot of people this year. Some families may not be able to travel to see loved ones as they have in the past. Some families may not be able to take part in much-loved traditions such as attending church Christmas programs, caroling at nursing homes, or enjoying Christmas parties with friends. And, because of job losses or other financial hardships, some families may not be able to exchange gifts like they have in the past. Many families are needing to plan for a much more minimal Christmas season.
During Christmas time, we often focus on giving. We teach our children that it’s better to give than to receive. You may have helped them create a Christmas gift budget. Or you may have encouraged them to give by serving others. We must remember that we as children of God are able to give in love because we were first loved. In this season of giving, let each gift shine with the love of God.