The Feelings of Christmas

 

What is it about Christmas? …about the feelings this time of year brings about in us?

The stage is set in our intentions:

the twinkling of lights,
Christmas cookies baked by the dozen,
the wow gift for each of our loved ones,
a fresh-cut tree brimming with ornaments,
parties galore,
a crackling fire,
Christmas songs lulling us into a smile,
peppermint cocoa brimming our cup,
the sound of laughter,
the feeling of contentment,
[cue the softly falling snow].

How many of us experience the idyllic Christmas of our mind’s eye?  Sure, we find it in our head, and we have meaningful intentions in our hearts, but there’s a gap in what actually transpires as we ready ourselves for the season.

What are you really looking for this Christmas? …and can it be filled by the things of the season? 

Be encouraged to seek and to search. Feelings can be a challenge to deal with, yet spending some time with them can help to bring about a clarity which equips us with the courage and expectant hope to be more real in our own head and heart.


 

Will You Give Christmas Away This Year?

Christmas Tree Cross.COMPRESSED

Will you give Christmas away this year?

Immanuel — “God with us” —  is not meant just to keep Him with us and in us. Yes, He came to dwell with us and among us, and His Spirit still does dwell within us. But the “with us” and the “in us” is not just for us.

He was meant to be shared.

In this wonderful season — this glorious time of the year — we have the choice in whether or not to share Him with others.

…not in a package, or a gift bag, or a present wrapped in a bow, but in the care, prayer and hope found in Immanuel.

…not in the tinsel, the wreaths, the stockings or the lights, but in the living ornaments of peace, strength, joy and hope we string through His purpose for us. These ornaments are the ones we keep out all year-long, not the ones we pack away and put into a box until next year. These are the real gifts that, when received, are perfectly acceptable and highly encouraged to re-gift to others.

Give Christmas away this year.

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