We normally associate Christmas with shopping, cooking, and enjoying time with family. It’s a time where many focus on finding that perfect gift for a love one or family member. As a child, giving and receiving gifts was the most exciting part of the season. This tradition started many years ago on a day that changed the entire course of humanity. That day, Christmas Day, is a celebration of hope, joy, and love as it commemorates the biggest gift ever given—Jesus Christ.
“Justin’s Place has offered me many blessings, but the greatest gift is a relationship with God.” – Daniel S.
During this time of the year, there are many distractions that can lead us away from the true meaning of Christmas. While shopping and decorating have their place, I often can become literally “wrapped up” with all the festivities. It would be a shame if all the preparation and celebration was done simply because we recognize Christmas as a consumer holiday.
While I was reflecting on this reality, a verse from the Bible came to mind. In John 3:16, Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” There is no one who has spent more, given more, and received less than our Lord and Savior. God did not think about what He could get out of this sacrifice but rather what he could accomplish on our behalf.
God has done so much for me. I came to Justin’s Place because I was desperate to salvage my life. I was watching myself destroy any potential of a future life and made a decision to find help. My recovery began with a warm welcome from strangers at Justin’s Place. These same strangers have now become my family that love me unconditionally.
This Christmas, my wish for everyone is to take some time to recall just how much God has done for you and where our lives would be if Jesus had not come to this world to save us.
I hope that as we continue to prepare and celebrate this holiday season, we share this true gift with others.
Daniel S. works in intake services and as a case manager for St. Matthew’s House at the Justin’s Place Recovery Program
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