God’s Gift to Humankind


“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

John [3:16]



Traditionally, Christmas is December 25th. But in other parts of the world it extends to January 6th or the twelfth day of Christmas. In many countries Christmas is celebrated as vibrant holiday for almost two weeks. During this two weeks, Christmas is celebrated with parades, dinners, each day a present is given and each day becomes a reflection on the importance of Christmas. Christmas is the day God gave the world his only son. A son, Jesus, who would live to serve humankind and redeem humankind. To accept this gift, we only have to have faith in the gift. This gift is the greatest present any of us will receive, not a gift to be left unopened, but to be cherished and have for a lifetime.

Points of Reflection

  • How can you extend Christmas for the traditional twelve days?
  • What is the greatest human gift you have received?
  • What is the greatest gift from God you have received?


Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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