Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15)



On Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, the transition and transformation at our house began at approximately 2 in the afternoon. Most of all the Thanksgiving Day food had been devoured by the 13 people staying at our house for the holiday, and they were beginning to come out of their food coma from the day before. A couple of brothers-in-law and I went into the garage to look for those storage containers labeled “Christmas.” There is a good chance you have a couple/several stored away as well. Once the storage containers were found and pulled out of the garage, we began the great transformation from the Thanksgiving decorations to the Christmas decorations.



Amidst all of the articles and discussions concerning the commercialization of Christmas the true meaning of both holidays seem to be hidden or lost. There is the debate over the use of Xmas or deleting Christ from Christmas, the discussion of saying Happy Holidays instead of saying Merry Christmas, and a whole host of other issues such as should parents allow there kids to believe in Santa Clause.



Biblical study and proper teaching will lead to the understanding that we (those who believe in Jesus) should not meddle in the affairs of others’ lives and tie ourselves down with the needless debates and arguments that lead to no profitability concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, I do believe the little verse above grants us a great principle that can be learned by each and everyone of us this holiday season.



The verse starts off with “Thanks be unto God.” Many of us could give a resounding “Amen” to those four little words. The Thanksgiving season is just that, a time for offering our heartfelt thanks to the Heavenly Father for His many blessings on our life. Hasn't He been good to you? Even during the difficult times?



The verse does not end with those four words, but rather gives a further explanation of what to be thankful for — “His unspeakable gift.” You see His gift to the world was Jesus Christ, and within Jesus is contained many things that are unspeakable!



As a personal testimony, the personal encounter and daily relationship affords a peace that is unspeakable or cannot be described. It affords a promise, that He will never leave us nor forsake us that is unspeakable or cannot be described. It affords a place, Heaven, that is unspeakable or cannot be described.



Regardless of your denomination, your economic status or your race understand that Jesus Christ came into the world to fulfill the will of His Father and offers you a gift that is “unspeakable.” All you have to do to claim this gift is believe in Him as your sole source for the salvation of your soul.



In closing, I hope that each reader had a happy Thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas.              



Tim Braddock is pastor of Emerald Coast Baptist Church in Destin and can be reached at Tbraddock@emeraldcoastbc.com.