With all of the “hustle and bustle” of the Christmas season, I would like to share with you a couple of thoughts that keep entering my mind!
- Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Think of all the memories of places life has taken you; how so many of them return you to a spot in a living room, surrounded by your family just enjoying each other! Isn’t it interesting how the gifts seem to be important for just a few days after Christmas? When we think back on our Christmas memories, it is not the gifts or the decorations we recall; IT IS the truth of knowing that this is the day that we honor and celebrate the first coming of Jesus––our Redeemer––our King––our Leader,––our Example! What if the other 364 days a year were as focused on Him, as just this one day?
- The Characters of Christmas really mirror you and me!Let’s for a second think through all the players of the Christmas Story: Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds, the 3 Wise Men, the Little Drummer Boy, even King Herod! All of them were looking for something greater than themselves. All of them seem overwhelmed at their particular place in the opening act of the Greatest Story Ever Told! This Christmas season, whether you find yourself on bended knee before Jesus, or whether you find yourself hurting and far away from Jesus––know this: He still loves you and longs for you to be by His side! Remember that His love for you is deeper and wider and longer than anything that you could ever imagine! It’s true, just read Romans 8!
Invite an unsaved loved one, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor that doesn’t have a church home and doesn’t walk with Christ, or someone who has no family. Bring them to church at one of our many opportunities to celebrate the birth of Christ! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!