Day 34

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 34


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

I remember how exciting Christmas Eve was as a little girl.  I loved the nativity scenes and I even loved Jesus, but I REALLY LOVED the Christmas presents.  And even though my folks always made sure I knew WHY we gave each other presents at Christmas, I don’t think that mattered the most to me back then.  Christmas was about the lights and trees and decorations everywhere.  It was snowflakes, bells, ice skating, and the season’s favorite songs… and, well, everything sparkled.

It has taken a lifetime for my priorities to slowly switch completely around.  But, now, it’s not that I don’t love the same things I used to, but my joy comes from a much deeper source.  I actually find myself weeping with a sparkling happiness deep inside of me as I think of the greatest present of all time.  Age does something to us.  I now have such a deep itch of yearning in my heart to know this wonderful God, our Father, more and more…  the One who actually gave His most precious possession to die so that WE might live!

The Bible says in Romans 5:8 that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

I think I would still have a problem giving my life for someone I felt was unworthy of my love.  But God didn’t stop to assess if we were worth His own son’s life.  He didn’t think twice!  His love is so wide and so deep that before the beginning of time, He chose to sacrifice His son for you and me… and for the world… before we could ever have loved Him in return!

This, my friend, is true and unconditional love! …the greatest Christmas present of all the ages!  Receive His gift to you by faith this Christmas Eve!


Barbi Franklin




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