Monday, November 27, 2006
For Those Who Can’t Celebrate
Christmas is a wonderful time, definitely my favorite time of the year! I love the decorations, the lights, the music, the traditional Christmas movies, the occasional snow, homemade cookies and candy, family gatherings, the smells of fresh Christmas trees and cinnamon candles, and the smiles on children’s faces as they open their gifts.
It’s hard to imagine that all people don’t enjoy this time. I’m not referring necessarily to those who choose to avoid Christmas, I’m referring to those who really can’t celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Adopting a little girl from China has changed my perspective on a lot of issues. One, in particular, is Christmas. Sure, she’ll receive a lot of material gifts that she wouldn’t have received in China, but more importantly, she will have the freedom to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We have a special little Christmas tree in our house decorated with items from China to help us remember to pray for all of the people there who can’t openly celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a shame that so many people may never receive the Christmas gift that God provided. We haven’t finished decorating it yet, but it has been a great topic of discussion for Desheng Darling.