"The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, 'This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known" (John 1:9-18 NIV).
That tiny baby who was found in the manger by the shepherds and the wise men became a man full of light. He was a holy human filled with wisdom, compassion, healing, love, understanding, truth, mercy and grace. Jesus Christ came to bring heaven to earth and to show us the ways of his Father. He lives with us, even today, when we choose to walk with Him. Let us not allow Christmas to pass by and become only a faint memory of crumpled wrapping paper and dirty dishes; let us celebrate His presence with us every day, every hour, every sunrise and sunset.
May the spirit of Christmas, who is Jesus Christ - Immanuel, live in your heart forevermore.