Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Thursday, December 19, 2013

All Christmas glitter does not bring joy




Cookies, Cards, Caroling

Snow, sleigh rides, sledding

Santa Claus




Trees, Poinsettias, Wreaths
Lights, Ornaments, Tinsel
Stockings hung, Gifts under the tree




Fruit cake, Pumpkin pie, Divinity
Get-togethers, Banquets, Dinners
Family

                                                                         Candlelight worship services
The star, Shepherds, Three kings,
A man, a woman, a stable
The Baby in a manager

HE, Jesus Christ, is the reason Christians celebrate this joyous season... and it is a season. It's more than a day. Churches rehearse sometimes for months for Cantatas, musicals, and candlelight services. We put trees in our homes as soon as the turkey carcass is in the trash. Wreaths hang on our doors, and candles in the windows. Children anticipate—touch, shake, look for a torn corner of paper—unwrapping the gifts in pretty paper with shiny bows. And it’s all to celebrate the birth of our Savior in a manager a little more than 2000 years ago.

However, this season also comes with conflict...

Along with the Gift of Salvation born in manager, Jesus brought the message of Peace. Yet for many, Christmas doesn’t bring Peace; rather, it brings stress and anxiety.

Financial turmoil

Disappointment

Family disputes

Painful memories

How can the season where most celebrate the Prince of Peace, the One who said, “My peace I bring you…” also bring pain?

I do not claim to fully understand the pain which comes with the season of Christmas, but I know that Christ is the reason I celebrate. I know we are the reason He came. If He had not come as a baby born to a virgin, I would have no hope of eternal life in Heaven.

When my focus of Christmas rests upon my feelings, my memories, or my situations, I miss the peace only He can truly bring. I miss the gift of Grace. I miss Him—the promised Messiah, Savior, Defender, Liberator, Champion of champions (not on any Wheaties box). I miss His Love.

So, I pray for those who would rather Christmas slipped away quietly and that all of the hoop-a-la would stop blasting in their ears. I pray, instead, for the Prince of Peace to nestle into their hearts to heal their pain, chase away bad memories, and quench the anxieties the season brings them. I pray for you to find Hope in the One sent to save the world from sin.

"She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11

"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29

Emmanuel...Be God in Us