Published December 12, 2017

Shelia Shares
"The Christmas Diamond"

Paul and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary on December 19. (Wow! Where did the time go?!)

All those years ago when we got engaged, Paul gave me a diamond engagement ring. It was an heirloom stone from his Grandma Heil's engagement ring and he had it reset to fit my finger. I liked the ring and the commitment it symbolized.

When we were blessed with sons, I quit wearing the ring since it kept catching in baby blankets. By the time our sons were out of baby blankets, I had put on enough weight that I could no longer wear my size five ring. It went into the lock box and stayed there all these years.

In 2007, as a Christmas/anniversary present, Paul got my ring reset.

Paul and I stopped at the jewelers to look at different settings. We decided on the correct setting and the jeweler wrote up the papers. When she didn't ask for a credit card for a deposit, I questioned her. She smiled as she told me, "I think you ring is security enough. You'll be back for your diamond."

I felt a bit foolish. I was so involved in the proper "setting" that I forgot the value of the "diamond." But I think that sometimes we run the risk of doing something just like that when the Christmas season rolls around. Here's what I mean...

I love Christmas.

I love Christmas.

But, in the midst of the "setting," do we miss the real "diamond?" Does the celebration of the birth of Jesus get lost in the surrounding props?

This year let's look to Jesus, who was willing to come to earth. Who was willing to become one of us. Who left everything, so we could have everything.

This year as we look at the decorations, may they remind us of Jesus.

At this busy Christmas time, I need to be reminded of what has value. It isn't all the "Christmas" trimmings. It is the celebration of the birthday of my King.

As we celebrate the season with our families, may we be reminded of a family 2000 years ago. Remember that young mother and caring father and a Child — a Child who would change the world, One Who would live from cradle to cross fulfilling God's perfect plan with His perfect lamb, Jesus.

May we remember Jesus — the perfect gift to a lost world.

- Shelia

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