Giving Thanks for Christmas Day

December 25, 2017 by Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:14, NIV)

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in Heavenly peace

Sleep in Heavenly peace


How peaceful we feel as we sing this song above! Since my childhood, Christmas has always been a moment of peace and joy. Even though my family did not have anything to celebrate Christmas — no Christmas tree, no Christmas decorations or gifts, no special food — we were always happy to welcome Christmas day.

Today’s devotional was my experience in 2015. On that night, I had two choices: to be angry or to forgive. In my mind, I thought it was better for me to type and send back an angry reply: “No, I am not the one like you say!” But when I looked at the Christmas decorations, the smiles of my friends, and remembered Christ, my heart said: “Keep calm! Don’t be angry! Today is the best time for you to show that you are Christian!”

Because I chose to forgive, now I still have good relationship with my colleague. I thank God for Christmas. On Christmas day, God sent Christ, his only beloved Son, not only to redeem me from sin, but also to help me to live peacefully with others. On Christmas day, our situations may not be peaceful. But in Christ, we can always find peace in our hearts, whatever our situation may be!

Have a peaceful Christmas and God bless us.

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