Isn’t it great to receive gifts at Christmas time? How much more joyful this can be for children. Imagine if you were a child who spent several years in an orphanage and never got to truly celebrate Christmas. One of our special children who has lived in an orphanage celebrated his first Christmas with his forever family this past December. He was taught about the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. He also has a love for shiny things. His mother states that he loves to look at his older brothers’ trophies and thinks they are beautiful and shiny. For Christmas this year, he received a shiny new trophy of his very own. He was so proud that he told everyone of his shiny new trophy and has carried it with him everywhere.
Isn’t it wonderful how when we are adopted into God’s family that he makes us shiny and new? I am thankful for the stories we hear from our wonderful children and how they challenge us to be thankful for being made shiny and new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” II Corinthians 5:17
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