In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.- Luke 14:33
Sacrifice, at first blush, would seem to have as much of a place in the Christmas pantry, as would watermelon on the breakfast menu for Christmas morning. It is, at best, incongruous.
And yet, there would be no Christmas at all were it not for God’s great sacrifice for us. And our enjoyment of Christmas is heightened by our own response of grateful sacrifice.
For many the experience of Christmas is one that leaves everything but the wallet feeling bloated and heavy. This season identify something that God is asking you to turn over to him. It might be a habit, a prerogative, a possession, or a relationship. Write out what it is you want to sacrifice to God, pu it in an envelope, put the envelope on the tree, and be lighter for it.
Make candied grapefruit peel to eat and share. Grapefruits are often on sale in the grocery store at this time of year and on cold (and sometimes dismal) days in December it is a pleasure to have something colorful, tangy, and sweet to garnish the plate and shock the palate.
Written by: Joel Tate
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