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The Wondrous Gift

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Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:1-7

Jesus has come. The final advent candle, the Christ candle has been lit. Today is a time for joy and celebration.

Christmas is not about family, though it brings families together. Christmas is not about doing good things for others, though we should rightly seek ways to be kind and charitable. Christmas is not about lights, trees, songs, and all the other good things we do to mark this occasion.

Christmas is about Jesus.  Jesus- our merciful, loving, and righteous God, a God Who was known for His expectation of life dominating holiness from His people- saw our utter inability to be like Him, so He graciously became like us.

But He was like us as we should be- holy and righteous. In becoming man, God lost none of His mercy, none of His justice. No, He became like us to do the work that none of us could do. Through His birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection, He accomplished our redemption.

As we go about wrapping up Christmas, let’s remember that the waiting is not over. There is another Christmas- a second Advent- that we are waiting for. May our hearts always be in a state of preparation, of readiness, to meet Him when He returns.

May you all have a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

Hope of All the Earth

Christmas Eve enters the scene. Amid all the songs and decorations, the wonderful aromas and flavors of once-a-year indulgences brewing in the kitchen, I hear the sounds of a world that is no different than it is any other day of the year.

There are still wars, still diseases, still famine, still crime…. What’s different, I wonder?

But then I have to ask myself, am I better today? Has all the spiritual preparation I have been doing this Advent changed me at all?

This poem I share with you this evening has become my favorite Christmas poem. It reminds me that despite the foul condition of my heart, the Lord still chose to dwell there. It reminds me that as awful as the world can be, He is still a merciful Savior- He is still the hope of the world.

Find a quiet place to read this, and to bask in praise and gratitude for a Savior who chose our hearts as His home. Absorb into your soul the hope that He offers to all who receive Him.

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All Is Calm

Cross country skiing. Magical — Getting pulled by light on a cold winter day.

Luke 2:17-19

Tonight, the distinction between the shepherds’ response to finding Jesus and Mary’s response to being in the presence of God has made an impression on me. Continue reading “All Is Calm”

We Have A Winner!

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Congratulations to my sweet friend Bebe Mackey who won the $50 VISA gift card!

Bebe obviously knows her Christmas carols, because she commented every day- even on the challenging ones!

I am so thankful for everyone who reads my blog, and I was excited to be able to do this giveaway for Christmas this year.

Today’s Advent blog will publish soon, but until then, everyone have a Merry Christmas!

Gift Card!

Here is your final opportunity to enter the drawing for a $50 VISA gift card.

I will be drawing tonight at 8:00 Eastern time. So, you have just a few hours to enter.

Just comment on any of the Advent 2017 blogs with the title of the carol in the blog’s title, and that’s it. You will be automatically entered.

Make sure that I have an email address to contact you if your name is drawn.

 

They Looked Up

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Continue reading “They Looked Up”

Hush the Noise

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Luke 2:8-10

Continue reading “Hush the Noise”

The Weary World Rejoices

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Luke 2:8-15a

Continue reading “The Weary World Rejoices”

Give Back the Song

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Luke 2:1-20; Revelation 19:1-6

There was a beautiful, majestic song that the angels sang on the night that Jesus was born. It was a song of redemption- the Savior was born. It was a song of peace and restoration, of companionship with God, of joy.

When Jesus returns to take us home to Heaven, we will join the chorus of the multitude and sing hallelujah and glory to God for eternity.

Now, as I wait for Him to come back for me, I want to spend my days tuning my heart to sing His praises. Through the long, sad and lonely days, through the beautiful and fun days, I want my voice to already be a part of that eternal chorus.

What should my song be? I believe it should be the same as that of the angels- redemption, peace, restoration, companionship, and joy. I shouldn’t fear ever running out of praises to sing to my Lord.

(The drawing for the $50 VISA gift card will be Friday, so if you haven’t entered yet, you still have a few days.)

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