With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be challenging to maintain a practical focus on the birth of Christ.

Amid the parties, shopping, wrapping, baking, and fun activities, Christ can fade into the background if we aren’t intentional about worship during the Christmas season.

 

A Gift of Prayer

There is one thing that I do each year that has become a special part of our family.

Each year, I give my family the gift of a verse of scripture.

With this gift comes a prayer that is echoed throughout the years.

I prayerfully read the accounts and prophesy about the birth of Christ. Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and John are often the books that I will find my Christmas treasures.

Once I choose a gift and short prayer for each person, I write the verse and prayer on a blank index card.  I fold the card in half, making a name card that I place on the table for Christmas dinner.

 

Some years I decorate the card a little, but most of the time I just write their name and their gift with a Sharpie and keep it simple.

During our festive meal on Christmas day, each person shares their card with the family.  This is a simple thing, but over the years, it has become very meaningful to our family.

 

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