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This time of year, we’re inundated with references to Santa Claus. As a Christian, I like to keep Christ front and center in my mind and my children’s. However, I can’t shield them from the story of Santa, but I can turn it back towards Jesus.
There is one thing that I believe as Christian’s we should copy from the many Santa Claus traditions. Most of you will remember either writing Santa a letter or hearing about other children who did. Last year my son wrote a letter to Santa in school.
I thought about all the gifts we receive at Christmas, and how so many of them (especially with children) get carried out in the trash the following year. Either broken, out grown, or plain not wanted.
And then I thought about the spiritual gifts that we truly need. I decided to write Jesus a letter for gifts that will last for eternity.
No matter what age your children are, I believe this is something we should all do. You may choose to read your letters out loud or keep them between you and Jesus.
I urge you to keep your letters and every year at Christmas, pull them out to see the miraculous things God has done and the ways He has answered your prayers and the requests you made in your letter.
Here is mine.
As I look back over this past year, I’m amazed and humbled at the gifts you have given me. You walked me through our daughter’s diagnosis of Von Willebrands Disease. So many times, you’ve protected us when we didn’t realize it. Thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you that I don’t deserve any of it, but You give it freely anyways.
I don’t know what this next years entails, but I know You do. I pray you’ll give me wisdom at every decision. Give me peace when the hard times comes, I know You’ll always be by me, no matter what, but let me feel You when those times press against me.
Deliver my loved ones from the hand of the enemy. You know the battles they face and the deliverance only You can provide. Mend hearts and old hurts, let the bonds of love be strengthened.
Show me the areas where I’m blinded. Open my eyes and heart to Your truths and light.
Let me know more of You. Let me be renewed by Your presence daily. Let me be in awe by the ways you reveal Yourself and the mountains You move, in both my life and those around me. May everything we do be a testament to Your goodness and faithfulness.
As my children grow, allow me to show them Your grace. Keep my tongue harnessed when I would speak harshly or out of impatience.
Help me to build my husband up and not down. Let me be a helpmate to him. Help us to grow together and grow stronger in You.
Let Your people see Your might. Let our faith not remain stagnant, but to grow daily. Help me to be bold in speaking Your truth. Help me to seek You first.
Soften every heart, that we would be drawn closer to You. Let Your Holy Spirit prepare us for the might works You have planned.
Love Your daughter,
Will you write your own letter?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.