Messenger: Don’t be afraid! Listen! I bring good news,
In less than two weeks, the majority of the United States and many others beyond our continental borders will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas morning. You don't have to be a believer of God to celebrate this joyful holiday, as many marketing gurus and business owners will probably agree. BUT I want to challenge us all this Christmas season, to prepare our hearts and focus on "Christ"mas. In spite of decorations and packaging being displayed in October, Christmas' meaning is much deeper and to celebrate the holiday, in the depths of one's heart, you acknowledge there is a God and one that sent His Only Son to earth to be born a babe.
I celebrated many a Christmas with my focus on Santa Claus and the "magic" of the holiday. Is this a "magical" time of year? Many will say yes, but I want to challenge you today, to reflect on the reason for this miraculous holiday. It isn't about magic, but about the Spirit, the Spirit of God sent to earth in the form of a Babe in a manger. It's Christmas Spirit surrounding, filling, and guiding us this time of year. Rather than let the Christmas chaos consume us, let God into your heart and embrace, share, and absorb the Spirit, Love, and Sacrifice of this joyous time.
It's not about the stockings, packages, baking, cooking, or events ~ it's about God sending Jesus to be born in a manger, on a bed of hay in a feeding trough. Don't fill the bottom of the tree with empty gifts this year, instead, take a moment and see what hope-filled gift you could create for your loved ones that will bring pure joy to their heart and a keepsake their cherish for years to come.
Mary and Joseph kneeled on a dirt floor with tears of joy in their eyes. Their faith provided the glimmer, sparkle, and joy that first Christmas morning as they accepted a Gift for the entire world...Jesus Christ.
As soon as the heavenly messengers disappeared into heaven,
Are you "rushing" to Bethlehem this Christmas?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323