I want my children to see that their joy comes from God. I want them to see that they have already been given the absolute best present anyone could ever give them. I want them to know that Jesus is that present.
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
I have been teaching them and showing them that Jesus is the reason for the season, but I must admit, I am disappointed that I have not been teaching them giving as much as I should. I want them to grow up thinking of Christmas as a time when you give, not receive, because there is no gift that they could receive better than the gift of Jesus Christ.
Lord, I pray that we teach our children to give with a joy that comes only from You. I pray that as they grow that they give with all praise and glory going to You.