“A Grandfather’s Gift” by Kyle Holz

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4) (NIV).

Christmas is a time of giving, love, happiness, joy, peace, and so much more. There are always gifts we get or receive that have a lot more meaning than others. Lately with my aunts and uncles, instead of getting them a tangible gift, my wife and I decided that a donation on their behalf to a charity they support would be best. This has a lot more meaning and lasting impression than a box of chocolate, etc. As I get older, giving gifts that have meaning seem to be more important. There is something special about touching other people’s hearts and sparking true happiness inside of them. As we age, I truly believe that we find giving gifts of meaning go farther than many other gifts under the tree. One of the most meaningful gifts I have ever received was from my grandfather, who is no longer with us. When I talk about gifts that touch the heart, this was truly one that touched mine.

For those of you who don’t know, my grandfather lived a very long and healthy life. Towards the end of his life, he battled cancer.  The doctors told him that he only had six months to live. Fast forward and he lived over ten years.  God wasn’t done with him. He had a plan for him! Over those ten years of battling cancer, he struggled with pain, sickness, and bouts in the hospital. Through it all, my grandfather stuck close to Jesus and developed the strongest relationship he ever had with Him. Despite his circumstances, he exuberated happiness and positivity which touched so many lives.  He was a shining light for all to see and an advocate for Jesus! My grandfather loved Christmas; I should mention!

My grandfather gave me his watch with a letter he had written.  He held onto the watch as a Christmas present for me; it was his last Christmas. I didn’t receive the watch until February 1st 2019 as the letter was dated.  Without actually typing out the whole letter or giving away too many details, I want to highlight what stood out to me. There are random times when I swear God nudges me to read the letter.  I picture my grandpa telling Jesus to send his family members little reminders. This letter is the reminder for me! In the letter, my grandfather had mentioned wearing the watch to keep his memory alive and that he would always be around me. That watch is old, used, and worn, kind of like my grandpa was just before his passing. I should mention that the watch was part of many happy times too!

A watch and a letter from my grandpa have made me feel so special. When I get the nudge to go upstairs and sit quietly to read the letter and hold the watch, there is a special connection happening. To see his handwriting and remember his voice in my head, to know that something so special to him was passed on to me is such a beautiful and moving reminder for me. It helps his legacy live on.  I know that he is with Jesus and that Jesus has wiped away his tears and promised him no more pain or death! But, oh, what I would give to hear him say, “I am so proud of you,” just one more time.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) (NIV).

One of the most recognizable verses is found right in the Bible. Thinking about the watch and the letter that had meant so much to me, I couldn’t help but think of John 3:16. God gave His only Son to you and me.  His most prized possession, the one He loves, was given to you and me. Have you ever actually sat down in the quiet and truly took in what Jesus did for us? Have you thought about the facts that He was beaten so badly, mocked, spit on, and hung on a criminal’s cross? None of it was done for Him. He did it for us. I am moved to tears when I truly take this thought in. I, Kyle Holz, don’t deserve any of it. Thirty plus years of my life I chose to do things my way.  I chose to purposely mess up. I had repeatedly said ‘no’ to Jesus and ‘yes’ to sin. No matter how many times I messed up, Jesus was always there in the background. His selfless love allowed my chains to be broken and for my addiction to not have a grip on me. You know what? Jesus offered Himself on the cross because He loves me ever so dearly. That is a gift that means so much to me. He gave me the true gift of forgiveness.  Just like the watch and the letter that my grandfather selflessly gave to me with meaning, Jesus selflessly gave up Himself to bear the weight of all of our sins. I’ve mentioned it multiple times before, but there is importance to the gift we can give to Jesus.  That gift is ourselves, and I cannot reiterate that enough! No matter where you are or what you have done, Jesus loves you and He is waiting with arms open wide!

“My body and my heart may grow weak, but God is the strength of my heart and all I need forever” (Psalm 73:26) (NLV)

Like the watch that my grandfather had given me, he had grown old and worn. His body and heart had grown weak, but he relied on Jesus for his strength. Jesus gave him the gift of life. He chose to accept the gift and acknowledge what Jesus did on the cross. Will you choose to accept and acknowledge the meaningful gift that Jesus wants to give you? It is the most beautiful and significant gift that can make yours and His Christmas complete!

I hope you have enjoyed following us along this Advent journey together here at Go Scatter. From my family to yours, I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas that is full of cheer. Spend time with your loved ones and cherish these moments.  Don’t forget to open the gift Jesus has for you.  Go ahead and open the Christmas gift for him, that is your heart! Have a blessed Christmas!


Give someone a gift or do something nice for someone you may think doesn’t deserve it. That is where love and forgiveness come into play.

“The Three Wise Men” by Kyle Holz

“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.’” (Matthew 2:1-2)

The story of the wise men has always stuck out to me.  It’s not always one that people would necessarily talk about first when you think about the many different Christmas narratives.   It has always intrigued me when I think about these men bringing gifts to the Savior.  Here is a narrative that almost sets the stage for our modern-day Christmas and gift giving.  But, what sticks out to me most about this narrative is the fact that three men (or kings), were led to Jesus from a star and were used as part of the plan to ensure King Herod didn’t find Jesus as he wanted Him dead. God has a true plan and a true love for a relationship with us.  He guides the way to protect His Son here on earth.  You never know who might be part of the plan, including three wise men who we do not know much about!

“King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, ‘Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?’ ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they said, ‘for this is what the prophet wrote: And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities] of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” (Matthew 2:3-6)

King Herod felt threatened and disturbed by the fact that a potential religious king would come and overtake him or be more powerful. When the wise men came to tell him of this news, that they were going to worship Jesus, he knew that the Jews expected the Messiah to come soon. Civil unrest was a huge thing with Herod in Jerusalem. News of the birth of the Messiah had the opposite effect on him and his government compared to the hope of the Jewish people.  Herod came up with a ploy to find out where Jesus was so that he could kill Him. But we soon learn as we read further in Matthew, that evil will not prevail and that God and His plans will succeed!

“Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, ‘Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!’ After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2: 7-11)

These wise men had such great faith as they traveled hundreds of miles to deliver these gifts to Jesus. As part of what the season is about, they were filled with great joy of seeing the Messiah in person and giving Him these gifts. An amazing piece to this story is the fact that they were guided by the star in the east to Jesus.  Suspense and expectancy build as the climax to this story is about to take place. What really struck me was in verse 11 when they entered the house, and all of them bowed down to worship Him. Under regular circumstances when children are born, we don’t usually bow down and worship them.  This is a little perplexing.  The great faith they had in a baby being the one true Messiah is amazing.  Their faith was unwavering, and they could feel His presence.

While Jesus doesn’t need material things, these gifts that they had brought were the true essence of it being the thought that counts.

  • Gold- associated with kings and Jesus was the King of Kings!
  • Frankincense- used for worship in churches; people would use this for praise and worship towards Jesus.
  • Myrrh- this is a type of fragrance used on dead bodies to help them smell more pleasant. This symbolizes Christ’s crucifixion.

“When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.” (Matthew 2:12)

God led them in faith to the King of Kings in the flesh on the earth. A star shone on the earth to let them know that Jesus was born! He also used them to help ensure that Herod would not make his way to Jesus.  We thank God for His plans and how He uses us to expand His Kingdom and plans here on earth!

Their steadfast faith and devotion to Jesus was one that led them right to Him in the flesh! As Christians, we can take something from this! We can acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh to die for our sins. He gave us the ultimate gift of salvation. We need to acknowledge Jesus as our King and Lord of our lives. As I mentioned in my previous blog, Jesus gave us the ultimate gift and wants the ultimate gift from us, ourselves. Bring Jesus your best gifts as He is worthy. The three wise men’s narrative lives on in our season of giving gifts to those we love.

May He bring you peace, hope, love, and joy this holiday season!


This holiday season, as you give a gift; remember the gift God gave you, His only Son!

References: https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-stories/three-wise-men.html


“Silent Night” by Kyle Holz

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and Child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Worship through music is one of the key ways I connect to the Lord.  While I am not very musically inclined, I spiritually connect the most through song.  In moments of worship and raising my hands to the Lord, I get absolute chills.  I feel the Lord’s presence and it means I am connecting with Him. When I hear “Silent Night” at Christmas time, I really feel that heavenly peace and connection with Jesus. Going to church and hearing that song, the cares of the world are drowned out.  You almost feel as if you are invisible! Sitting and listening to “Silent Night” while staring at the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, driving in the car in the dark listening to this song and seeing the snow and houses lit up—these are such wondrous moments.  Little did I know that this song that gives me such great peace came from someone who had a rough back story.*

If you’ve never heard the story of how “Silent Night” came to be, it is quite the story that illustrates how God works in people’s lives and creates something beautiful. Joseph Mohr was born in circumstances that made him socially unacceptable, therefore, he was an outcast. Joseph’s father had abandoned him and his mother. Without this father figure, God orchestrated a father figure in his life which was the church choirmaster. Joseph had musical abilities and learned many instruments, along with a musical education. He ended up becoming a priest and was ordained at 23 years old. Joseph wrote a poem that was inspired by a painting of Mary and the three wise men. Franz Xaver Gruber composed the music to Mohr’s poem. Joseph sang the song and Franz played a guitar.  The song was played shortly after midnight on the morning of December 25, 1818 at the St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria. The organ at the church wasn’t working so they performed it with just a guitar. An organ repair man heard the song and brought it back to his hometown.  A family of singing sisters heard this song and incorporated this into their set as they traveled around. The song eventually became a German tradition at Christmas. “Silent Night” was performed for the first time in Central Park, Manhattan in 1839. It was then translated into English by John Freeman Young in 1863.

It is an incredible example of how God takes something broken, from the pit of despair, neglected by society, and turns it into something beautiful. One of the single greatest moments in history, and God reminds us with this song.  A song that is really so simple, yet it cuts so deep.  I love this story because it shows me how God can use anyone.  He gives us all these talents to make such a huge impact in the world. Joseph’s talent for music was used by God to touch hearts and bring about peace. Little did Joseph know that this poem would turn into a Christmas music staple.  This poem would have such a profound impact on how it touched hearts and how it still continues to touch hearts today.

This has always been one of my favorite Christmas hymns.  There is something so calming and peaceful about the song.  The overall elements of the song just soothe my soul. It is moments like these when I hear the song during the holidays, where it just moves me to tears.  I can picture that night; Jesus was lying in the manger. His parents were by His side and He was sleeping in ‘heavenly peace.’ Everyone there I can imagine was in a ‘heavenly peace’ as well. All I can think about is the fact that this peace was driven by the single greatest moment in history. Imagine the awe and wonder in everyone there, what that moment must have felt like seeing Baby Jesus in that manger.  God sent His Son, Jesus, in human flesh to die for our sins. Jesus, the only one who can bring us peace; He is the Prince of Peace!  Joseph ends the poem in such a powerful way…with Christ our Savior being born!

Silent night, holy night!

Wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing,

Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born,

Christ the Savior is born!


ADVENT – DAY 3 “Christmas Is What You Make It” by Kyle Holz

Advent is a time of anticipation, preparation, and expectation. What are some things that you look forward to each year as you prepare for Christmas, and what are some things you would suggest that we all do in anticipation of Christ’s coming again?

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year from childhood on. My family has always instilled this love of Christmas in me. My grandfather had a love for Christmas, and he started a tradition that our family would get together on Christmas Eve every year. We still do that tradition. This is a time of presents, warm hugs, food, and, of course, being together. I might be biased, but my family gives the best hugs! My aunt on my father’s side loves Christmas and decorations. I have a great love for everything Christmas. From childhood on, I would decorate the tree, house, and anything that I could. I remember being so excited to take $20 and go through the dollar store and buy my relatives Christmas gifts. There would be great excitement on my face watching them open their gifts. Giving was something that was always instilled inside of me.

There is something about the preparation and the anticipationn of Christmas. As soon as Thanksgiving had passed, it would be all about Christmas. Excitement would fill my whole body as I was eagerly waiting for the season. I regularly would decorate inside and outside, play Christmas music, and open the Advent calendars my aunt would get us every year. I can remember as a child opening up each door and closely monitoring how long until it was Christmas day. While I was very excited about presents myself, I was more excited about seeing my friends and family open their gifts. I always found such enjoyment with this.

Here and now, having a family to celebrate the season with, takes on a whole new meaning. There are certain traditions like: decorating early, watching Elf, watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” The Polar Express, and blasting Christmas music.  These are all new traditions my family has started as well as continuing some of the ones while I was a kid like Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family. It is a month-long celebration and anticipation of Christmas day!

We all know that 2020 has been a rough year and I really believe we all need the spirit of Christmas.  It is an entire season of peace, hope, love, and joy that the season brings.  I recently saw a Hobby Lobby Christmas commercial where at the end it says, “Christmas is what you make it.”  That really struck a chord with me. This country needs Christmas. I know it is kind of silly to think about ‘magic and wonder’ of the season.   But, to see the wonder and anticipation in children eyes, to see the spirit of giving at its best is so refreshing for the heart and soul. We need the promise of Christmas and that is the promise of Jesus.

It is easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas and what the season is about with all of the hustle and bustle of the season.  As a whole we tend to get lost in the present buying and gift giving, along with prepping for food and guests.  While the 2020 holiday season may look a bit different because of COVID, we haven’t lost the true meaning of Christmas.  The true promise of Jesus isn’t lost. Some of the big ways that helped me to put things into perspective are lighting the Advent candles and my father reading each Sunday from the Bible.  Little did he know that this would have a profound impact on his two sons.  The Advent candles and Bible reading are traditions I am passing down to my son and daughter.

I challenge you this holiday season to take a look at the true meaning of Christmas and remember that God sent His Son, Jesus, in the flesh to die for our sins.  Take a read through Matthew chapter 2 on your own time.  The wise men had full anticipation that Jesus was finally here on earth and they prepped for this moment. They got together expensive items of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

Matthew 2:11  “They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (NIV)

The wise men prepped for this moment and with hope and great anticipation, they followed the great star to Bethlehem. The wise men worshiped Jesus for who He was and honored Him.  They gave valuable gifts as He is worthy of the best gifts they had to give. Jesus is worthy of the best gifts that we have to give.  He just wants you as the gift. Come to Him and accept Him.

There is nothing wrong with the anticipation and the hustle and bustle of the season. There is nothing wrong with traditions, good food, family time, etc. It is important to have all of these things as I cherish the holiday season for these moments. Just remember the real reason for the meaning of the season. Don’t get lost or stressed out trying to make others happy if it means you are losing sight of the true meaning. Remember that above all of these things, the ultimate gift you can give to Jesus and to yourself is to turn your life over to Him. That is a true Christmas miracle!


What were some of your your family’s favorite Christmas traditions when you were growing up?

What are some things you do during the Advent Season to keep the “Real Meaning of Christmas” forefront in your mind?

What else sticks out to you from Matthew 2?

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