Merry Christmas is a proclamation of a gift. It is a gift given to you by the giving of God’s Son for your eternal life. Now tell me, is there a greater gift under your tree? Merry Christmas is a two word testimony. It signifies God’s profound love for you as demonstrated in His forgiveness of your sins. Merry Christmas is a banner over you that gives voice to your identity in Christ and expresses the joy of the celebration of Jesus’ birth. I encourage you to lace your Merry Christmas with respect, love and grace and regift it to those God sends along your path today.
Early yesterday when I was writing these thoughts our doorbell rang. As I opened the door I shrugged off my sleep attire and rumpled hair and noticed the driving rain. Standing before me was a postal worker with a box and a soaking wet manila envelope in her hands. She looked at me and said, “I dropped the envelope into a puddle.” At that very instant, the Holy Spirit unleashed my Merry. “Thank you for your honesty and Merry Christmas,” I replied. The ensuing glance between us was quick and rich. As I closed the door, I prayed that our early morning encounter would bring a blessing of peace and joy into her day of service. Certainly, it did so for me!
Kids are extra observant during the Christmas season. Let them observe your faith in action as you give the gift of Merry Christmas in your home and community. It will enliven Jesus in their hearts and give them courage to share the true meaning of Christmas in their own circles of faith influence. I pray that God will Unleash Your Merry in this very day.
And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…(Luke 1:46).
‘Tis the Season. Make the most of your Merry.
Your sense of adventure defines your approach to life. Do you live on the edge of the next new thing to try and to master? Or are you one who holds back in the safe and unchallenged places of life? Are you a risk taker or a safe player? Your sense of ADVENTure defines your approach to Christmas. Do you bask in the wonder of God’s gift to the world in the person of His Son? Do you sell short the true meaning of Christmas and miss the essence of God’s love in it? Are you a joyful participant or an overwhelmed overseer of gifts, decorations and groceries? Believe me, I know of what I speak!
Advent is the season of spiritual preparation that leads to an event too great to fathom in the human mind and too wondrous to capture in the human heart. Advent anticipates the adventure of a life time. It clears the pathway for a journey that exceeds climbing the highest mountain or diving in the deepest sea. Advent takes us beyond the world’s woes to a place of love and peace that the world knows not. May God in His goodness increase our sense of ADVENTure.
There is sadness in a world that chooses an atheist as the Grand Marshall of a Christmas parade. There is shallowness in the availability of an Advent Calendar with a toy on the twenty-fifth day. There is hopelessness in a “Happy Holidays” greeting and the banning of manger scenes in public places. But take heart! God is with us in it all. Therein lies the true beauty of Advent. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel—which means God with us (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 7:14).
It takes a whole lot of ADVENTure to fully grasp the Biblical truth that a child conceived by God’s Holy Spirit and born to a virgin would be called Immanuel and live with us. Advent is about seeking God in all of His fullness so that we can fully receive the gift of His Son, the Christ-child. .
You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart. ‘I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord… Jeremiah 29:13
May God stir in you a sense of ADVENTure so that you might find Jesus in a new way. Be prepared to be God-awed this Christmas.
OPP (opportunity for action): Connect the Christmas dots in your family. Supplement your Advent candles and calendars with the reading of the Christmas story as told by Matthew and Luke (Matthew 1 !-14, Luke 1:1-20). Teach your children the concept of giving to Jesus by gifting to others. Bring Jesus into the moment in your homes this Christmas. If you do not ADVENT your child’s Christmas, who will?
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn. Psalm 22:30-31.