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“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

-John 13: 34-35 (NIV)

Christmas break is finally here. For some of us, that means rest and relaxation and sleeping in until noon. For others, the Martha’s of the world, it means preparing the house for Christmas guests, baking goodies for everyone to enjoy, cleaning the house and decking the halls.

Whether you are in the former category or the latter, it is important to remember that Christmas is about people. Jesus came for people. He served people. So if you just got done with finals or just finished the last work day before Christmas vacation and all you want to do is sleep, then sleep. If you are the home that the first category is coming to for break and you’re the one rushing to get sheets on beds and cookies in the oven, take a breather. It will all get taken care of, I promise. God has a way of getting everything to work itself out.

But when people start arriving, greet them, love on them, give them your full attention. And if you’re the one arriving? Offering to help is always appreciated. I know you’re tired, but so are they. They’ve more than likely worked just as hard as you to get everything ready for you. Appreciate their work.

Jesus came for people. People are important. So at this precious time of year when we have a reason to come together, appreciate the people in your life and give them the love that Christ gives you.

And remember those who cannot be with loved ones, for whatever reason. Pray for them and let them know that they are in our hearts and on our minds.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed week!

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