For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

Recalling last week's post, Christmas Memories - Past, we took a step back in time reviewing Christmas' in our childhood. This week we move into Christmas Memories - Present. The word present has two meanings: a) the here and now, b) an unmerited gift. After reflecting on these descriptions, I realize Christmas Memories - Present takes on both definitions.

The Here and Now...

Whether we know it or not, memories occur during this time of year. In the form of traditions, singing Christmas carols, Candle Light services, reading the Christmas story, laughter, relatives gathering, the aroma of baked goods, decorating the tree, and so much more. At this present time, lifelong memories are building for your children and grandchildren. During the "Here and Now" these young, impressionable minds are given the opportunity to grasp the true reason for the season - Jesus. We, as parents and grandparents, have the blessing to help create memories that last a lifetime. Keeping Jesus as the focus leaves a lasting impression on their hearts, which leads to our second definition of Christmas Memories - Present.

An Unmerited Gift...

What does this mean? Unmerited Gift? By definition, it is an unearned favor and doesn't require something in return. It is unconditional and given out of ultimate love.I remember waking up on Christmas morning to presents under the tree. Whether I deserved them or not they were there. Opening each beautifully wrapped package brought excitement and anticipation. Learning to accept the gift with appreciation and humbleness was my part of the deal. As time passed, I realized it went beyond the material to the heart of the giver.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God's Unmerited Gift - Jesus - is freely given to ALL, who open their hearts and receive His gift of eternal life. Forever. Always. Nothing expected in return.

May our Christmas Memories - Present consist of both... The Here and Now & The Unmerited Gift. Have fun building special memories with your children and grandchildren this year. And, don't forget the greatest present of all... God's Son, Jesus!

Blessings From My Heart to Yours,

Carla McDougal

Founder of Reflective Life Ministries