The unlikely origin of Christmas continues after Adam and Eve come out from hiding to talk with God in the Garden of Eden.
First, God asks Adam if he ate fruit from the tree He commanded Him not to eat. Adam points a finger at Eve, “The woman,” before turning the finger to God, “that you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Gen. 3:12)
In contrast, when God asks Eve, “What have you done?” she responds honestly, directly, and responsibly, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Gen. 3:13)
This year, rethink the way you Christmas and disclose.
Consider your own answer to God’s question, “What have you done?” Then, be like Eve, not Adam. Take responsibility for your actions. Disclose your error without redirecting blame. Say what you did, and give no explanation.
When you prepare for Christmas by disclosing your faults, you’ll be ready to hear His gospel promise in reply.
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
What does today’s reading tell you about people? (Yourself and others.)
What does today’s reading tell you about God?
How do these ideas change the way you Christmas this year?