Aspects of Christmas

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"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." - Isaiah 43:19

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year, flled with family, food, Christmas lights, food, Christmas decorations, food, and Christmas music. Did I mention food? In the midst of the busyness, shopping, crowds, and activities let’s be sure to take some time to stop and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas.

To my husband Andy and I, Christmas represents the birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, which was an incredible demonstration of God’s love for humanity. In selfless sacrifice God gave His One and only son to die in order that we might be reconciled to God. I cannot even begin to fathom the level of LOVE God has for each one of us...but I am so thankful for it!

Another aspect of Christmas that I am so thankful for is the time with family and friends. Andy and I always get so excited to watch our nieces and nephews on Christmas morning open the gifts we wrapped for them and are always so surprised by the gifts they wrap up for us. With lots of laughter, caroling, and Christmas cookie decorating there is never a dull moment in the Crawford household.

Yet, in the midst of all the joy and celebration, I am still very mindful that there are a lot of people in the world who do not have family to celebrate with, food to eat, or a safe place to call home. Let’s be intentional this holiday season to bless those around us who are in need.

Let us, The Church, be awakened to the purposes of God as we return to our first love: Jesus. And as we take time this month to celebrate the birth of our Savior, let’s remember the motivation behind God sending His Son to earth: love.

Because of God’s love for us, we no longer have to remain asleep (spiritually speaking) or live from a place of anxiety, doubt, and fear. Rather we are able to choose to be awakened and live from a place of hope, peace, joy and love; empowered by His grace. I am so thankful for the incredible gift of salvation we have been given, and I’m believing for many more people to come to know God’s love for them this holiday season.

I pray that you have an amazing Christmas and that you are refreshed and filled with new vision as we enter into the New Year. One of the verses God has really laid on my heart for this next season is Isaiah 43:19 which says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Merry Christmas!

Lord, thank you for being Immanuel, “God with us.” Open our eyes to realize this each day as we interact with others. Help us to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as You forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). Show us creative ways to love and care for those outside our home. Fill us to overflowing with Your love for the lost. Teach us to do acts of kindness to those who are in need at this time of year. May our family be a refreshment and light to others. We ask You to touch with salvation those in our family who do not know You [Name those individuals]. Open their hearts to Your great love for them. Help us to share Your Truth and be Your light. You are the Savior of the world. Amen.
Dec 26 2017