Sometimes, it isn't about the presents at all. It's about Love. And community. And about celebrating Life.
This is a must-see video. Just make sure you have tissues handy. Matthew West, one of my favorite contemporary Christian artists, wrote this song in honor of a family who lost their little boy too soon, and the gift that his community gave to him just before he went to play with Jesus.
It is in moments like this that the Christmas miracle interweaves itself with Easter's joy. The coming of the Babe that came to give his life, who came to redeem the suffering, the pure wrongness of the death of a child. This little boy shouldn't have died. It wasn't meant to be that way. This certainly isn't what God intended for his parents. But the gift of that baby in the manger reminds us that God so loved the world... After all, He knows the heartbreaking soul-ache of this kind of loss. And He gave His Son so that we might live, and so that, one day, these parents might be re-united with their child, and the world will be made new again.
So, as we celebrate the Miracle this year, let us all take time to ponder the Sacrifice, and be thankful, joyful, and overwhelmed by Grace.