For a blog break. :-)
In the meantime-
"For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but should have everlasting life."
"...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the JOY (that's us) that was set before him endured the cross..."
It's my prayer that as you celebrate Christmas, exchanging gifts and hopefully experiencing joy, you'll know about the greatest Gift of all, given out of love. Given out of a passionate desire for relationship.
Because of this, Jesus sacrificed himself to break the sinful divide. And he counted our being near to him as Joy.
Sounds like Good News to me!
Merry Christmas, everyone!