“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
For as long as I can remember, making a ginger- bread house has been our family’s Christmas tradition. We mix the batter, lay the patterns on the rolled out dough, trace the pattern shaped pieces and cut them out. Our home smells heavenly as the gingerbread bakes in the oven.
Family members put the pieces together to form a house. With assorted candies placed on the edible structure, marshmallow snowmen constructed, and powdered sugar sprinkled on the rooftop of the spicy building, the finished product is one of amazement and sweet fra- grance. Everyone rejoices as they ooh and aah over the final master- piece.
When I think of baby Jesus and His birth in a stable, amongst the various animals, I realize how His birth place wasn’t a sweet fra- grance like the gingerbread house. Born on a bed of hay, this precious Jesus lay. I can only imagine the rejoicing that took place when the angels lifted their voices in song and viewed the bright star that marked this sacred place of His birth. Not even a gingerbread house, lovely and delicious, can compare to the beauty of a humble abode where our Savior arrived, when the world rejoiced, where the sweetest event happened on this precious day; Jesus, He’s all we need!
Dear Lord, through the sweet fragrances and glitz may we never for- get the reason we celebrate Chri stmas. Happy birthday, Jesus!