(Although I wrote this two years ago, I am sharing it again praying that as we celebrate Christmas, may we invite Christ as the special guest in our homes and in our hearts.)
CHRIST in our Christmas
“The angels 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 NCV ).
Imagine for a moment a very quiet Christmas. Hush! The baby Jesus is sleeping , wrapped in pieces of clothing and lying in a feeding box, and you’re there alone with Him. A lone, bright star is shining from above bringing magic to that humble place. Somehow, you can’t take your eyes away from His innocent face, so pure, yet full of love and mystery. Just being there in His presence brings a tremendous peace and great joy in your heart…
Until , restlessness sets in ….
You have to do some Christmas shopping. You have Christmas cards to send. Tree to decorate. You have to prepare and get busy for your church celebration, join the carolers, wrap one more gift, make one more trip to the mall. In the midst of them all, you have bills to pay and other errands to do. You suddenly feel emotionally and physically drained. Not only was your pocket empty. Your spirit is empty as well.
The carolers sang, “Joy to the world, the Lord has come!” But even with all the smiling faces around you, you find it hard to be joyful. There’s that empty feeling in your heart. All the gifts, laughter, merriment, feasts and company of friends and loved ones can’t seem to fill that hole in your heart. Whatever happened to Christmas Spirit? You wish ,”Merry Christmas!” yet, you can’t even feel it.
Then a silent voice in your heart whispered, “Happiness depend on happenings. But JOY comes from JESUS CHRIST alone.”
The baby Jesus is waiting. Come to His presence. Gaze at His face again. Feel the serenity of His presence. Fill your heart with His love, His grace , His mercy. Experience His incomparable and priceless gift of joy, peace and hope. Open your heart to Him. That's all He asks from you and me.
Join the choirs of angels as they sing, “Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.”
Let's experience CHRIST in our Christmas. After all, HE is the reason for this season. And may the true Spirit of this very special Season stays with all of us from now on.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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