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Family at Christmas

We live in an era marked by video games, and my children were not immune to this craze. Although we didn't have many resources to buy them consoles, my husband devised a strategy that became a special tradition for our family. Every month, he would give money to our children with the promise that, at the end of the year, we would go together to buy the new console and some games.

The anticipation of my children throughout the year for the fulfillment of their father's promise became palpable. And undoubtedly, at the end of the year, they were not disappointed. This ritual became a special bond between them and their father, a pact of loyalty that was repeated annually.

In this Christmas season, I reflect on the importance of loyalty in our lives. We remember the fulfillment of a divine pact, an act of love and faithfulness from our heavenly Father: our adoption as His children. Over two thousand years ago, God gave us the ultimate gift by sending His Son in the form of a human baby.

The quote from Galatians 4:4-7 (NLT) illustrates this act of love and loyalty: "But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law..." This gift was not only an act of love but also a commitment of loyalty to humanity. God sought His lost children, lost due to their own ignorance, to restore the lost privileges.

Loyalty is manifested in the fulfilled word of our Father. When the time came, in His faithfulness, He sent Jesus to Earth. He was born in a humble manger, and 33 years later, as a man, he gave his life for our sins. This act of faithfulness and loyalty is the very essence of Christmas.

Today, in December 2023, we celebrate Christmas as children in freedom. We remember the fulfillment of the divine promise, a gift that goes beyond any video game console. This December, let's remember that true loyalty lies in the faithfulness of our heavenly Father, who, out of love, sent His Son so that we might be redeemed.

Written by Celia Guevara de Preza, based on the sermon of December 23, 2023.

Christmas is synonymous with loyalty

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