The birth of the Son of God, who became the world’s Saviour, is remembered today by many people. Sometimes the euphoria that accompanies the celebration of Christmas waters down the essence of it; however, the Christian youth should glean with reason the importance of a special day like this. It is a day of praise and worship for the greatest gift from God to the world. Indeed, for God loved the world so much that He gave His beloved Son and all those who believe in Him should have life and escape death.

The scripture draws attention to the presentation of the good news to the shepherds by an angel of the Lord. In a similar way, there is good news coming your way as you bring to remembrance the birth of the Saviour. The good news takes away fear and prepares your heart for the fulfilling promises of God. As important as all the happenings in the year from its beginning, whether positive or negative, find solace and comfort in the birth of Jesus Christ as a time to be grateful. As breath runs through your nostrils, respond to this great gift with praise and thanksgiving as did the shepherds saying ‘Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace to all men on whom his favour rests.’

Let praise and worship flow from your heart in spontaneity with the hope that, if God gave us His only beloved Son, He will not withhold any good thing from you. Remember in this last week of 2023 that, ‘every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17 NIV). As you delight in this reason to praise God, prepare your heart to wait on Him to self-assess the year 2023 and plan ahead for 2024 in the ensuing days.