A family is at the center of the celebration of Christmas. There was Joseph, Mary and the new born Savior, Christ the Lord. The family was surrounded by a hosts of Angels and many came in honor of the baby, Jesus. The baby who would save the world. What troubles me is that in the United States, family is decaying.
Divorce is at an all time high. Children are losing respect for their parents and other authority figures. Family converstations at the dinner table have turned into individuals on some type of electronic device in the virtual world of relationship and barely saying a word to each other. There are so many things that peel away at the time families need to support, encourage and love each other.
My prayer for all families this Christmas is that they would stick together and spend quality time with each other. Love on your spouse; love on your kids. This is kind of a side note, but if you want your teenagers to pay attention to you, you have to pay attention to them when they are very young. Teach respect and honor by bestowing those gifts to them. Here's a hint at the intelligence of a two year old. By the time an infant is a year old, their ability to understand what is being said is pretty much complete. So, if you try to drop your two-year-old at a day care in your sweats (when usually in your work clothes) an hour later than usual and tell him/her that you are going to work; they know you are lying and will have a horrible day at school. This is the foundation of mistrust with your child. Refrain. Spend time with your children and treat them with the dignity you expect as an adult.
God is all about family. He created it. It is sooo important to Him that He sent His only son to live on this earth as part of one. Family must be pretty important to the Lord Almighty. So, I believe that if you make a serious effort and try to do things that build your relationships during Christmas break, there will be a host of Angels watching over and the God of the Universe reaching down to bless you.