As a writer, I get emotional each time I hear narratives of Laura Ingalls and JohnBoy Walton. Their descriptive entries into journals are like music to my ears. Through my imagination, I share Christmas on Walton’s Mountain and Walnut Grove. I learn the real meaning of Christmas.
The number of gifts, their sizes or the price tags does not measure a Merry Christmas. With Laura and John Boy, I discover joy in relationships and find warmth and security in a place called home. Their gifts were meager; yet, they treasured a wealth of family experiences.
Not all have the wealth of Magi. They offered their treasures to the newborn King. “Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11b HCS).” If you have faith, family and friends, you know the real meaning of Christmas.
Employers and employees have reciprocal agreements. The boss explains the job description to newly hired staff. In return, each new employee makes a firm commitment to do all that is expected of him or her. Imagine a job description for Jesus…
“And she will have a son, and you must name Him Jesus, for it is He who is to save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21 Williams).” The Savior saves. No one else could do His job. Sinless, He alone is qualified. The Son of God came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10)
Follow the paper trail. Genealogy buffs do extensive research, enthusiastically searching for information on ancestors. The history of those who have gone before helps us link our past to the present. From Babylon to the Bethlehem Babe, our Father left a trail.
“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen, from David to the Babylonian exile (deportation) fourteen generations, from the Babylonian exile to the Christ fourteen generations (Matthew 1:17 Amplified Bible).” The genealogy of Jesus has no missing link.