It is my favorite time of the year.
I love the decorations, the music, the lights, and the joyful sounds.
It was not always that way for me. I may have enjoyed Christmas in my early childhood. Actually, I have only one happy Christmas memory as a child. When I was around seven years old, my mother, two sisters and I were living with my maternal grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa’s good friends who lived next door invited us over for Christmas goodies and music. We watched Walt Disney on television and they gave Christmas presents to my sisters and me. I received twin six-shooters and holsters just like Roy Rogers. Wow, was I ever excited.
I really do not have good Christmas memories after that and really did not like Christmas time when Wanda and I were married.
Our second Christmas together changed my attitude forever. We were planting a church in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I was doing custodial work to support us. One day while at work at the Mississauga Mall, I sensed the Holy Spirit nudging my heart. “Listen to the music.” “I don’t like Christmas music,” was my response. “Just listen to the words of the music.” I began listening and tears came to my eyes as the message of “Silent Night” came through.
The pain of my childhood was blocking the message and the love of Christmas. Although I preached salvation through in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the beauty of His birth had been stolen from my heart through the pain of human experience.
Father healed my heart that day and there are very fond memories of that Christmas as we had a few of the small congregation in our tiny apartment to celebrate. It became the first of many wonderful memories celebrating the birth of the Son of Man, the Son of David, and the Son of God!
Each year I take some extra personal time through the music and reading the Christmas story for reflection and one on one with the Lord.
You can make Christmas a wonderful and special time for your pastor.
Often, pastors and their families are so busy during the Christmas season their personal experience of the season is hurried and exhausting. You can make it special through a thoughtful gift given with love and a personal expression of appreciation for his faithful service and ministry.
Here is the ultimate gift guide for your pastor!
Bible Study Materials
His Favorite Worship CD
Something For His Office