When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions—give off the greatest glow of happiness. (Bob Hope, late American comedian)

It’s just two weeks till Christmas. As we plan and prepare for the holidays, we can’t help but look back to our experiences of past Christmases. As Hope implies, those memories often reflect on the simple things—not the extravagances but the pure joys of family times, the quietness of reflection, and the worship of the one whose birth we celebrate every day.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)