Tis the season to be busy, and with COVID around this year is all the more distracting. How many amusements are there around us distracting us from the true meaning of Christmas? Sparkly lights, Christmas trees, mischievous elves, shopping sales, and delicious treats are just a few of the temptations that pull us away from the Christmas Truth. So often people are celebrating without any specific attention to what we are truly celebrating: the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. In a season of giving, we have been given the greatest gift of all and yet fail to reflect upon this gift or even share in praises for this gift others. In Luke 2 the Bible shares how "Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them."
In this same way, we should spend time reflecting on God's Word and glorify Him by praising Him with others. My challenge to you today is how to do this? What family traditions do you have during the Christmas season? Baking, family dinners, caroling? Whatever they are, do they glorify God and encourage you to reflect upon God's Word? If not, how about starting some new traditions like reading the nativity story to any children you can access and as part of your family dinner tradition?
Treasure seeking involves the true eternal treasure that can only be found through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Too often we are short sighted and seek only earthly treasures that provide temporary gratification rather than laying up our treasures in Heaven that will never disappoint us, rust, break, or be stolen.
Tip: to make treasure coins to decorate your art journaling page, place double sided adhesive on a small piece of paper, apply foil to it and then use a circle punch to create a shiny treasure coin!