From my family to yours…..
Merry Christmas! If you are anything like us, you’ll be enjoying time with your family and way too much good food all day long. Although I’m writing this in advance, I can tell you what we’ll be doing Christmas morning. We’ll wake up extremely early. My family is all early risers, but on Christmas morning their internal clocks must have some secret alarm that goes off at 5:30AM. So, while the moon and stars still light up the night sky, we’ll gather in my living room to read the first Christmas story in Luke 2.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Without His birth and death, God’s people would still be bound by a system of sacrifices and law. “Thankful” doesn’t describe what those of us who call Him Lord feel because of His generous gift. So, my family will spend some time talking to Jesus and telling Him how much we love Him. That time of prayer, so early in the morning with bed head and pj’s, is beautiful.
Then, the kids will dive into their gifts and the house will become a sea of wrapping paper, torn ribbons, random box pieces, and those irritating twist ties that secure toys to the boxes they’re packed in. This mess will put my “neat-freak” personality to the test. Maybe I should add that to my morning prayer. 😉
By then, the sun will be peeking over the horizon and our stomachs will be growling. Biscuits and sausage will hold us all over until we enjoy my favorite mother-in-law’s Christmas dinner. In the meantime, we’ll play Christmas music most of the day and spend time with each other. Want to know my favorite Christmas song? I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Christmas Offering by Casting Crowns. Click the link and take a moment to worship Jesus for what He did for you. Merry CHRISTmas!