Keeping Christmas

Keeping Christmas in our hearts all year long is as unadorned as a manger filled with hay, as natural as a mother giving birth, and as down-to-earth as shepherds keeping watch over their flocks. It’s unpretentious and clear-cut. These are the ordinary things God used on one extraordinary night to bring forth the Hope of the world.

We try to glamorize the holidays when we should simplify our lives. Sometimes I think we are much like the Pharisees. We’ve added so much to this celebration that we’ve lost the wonder and glory of it all.

If you are looking for an awesome and moving presentation of how ordinary becomes extraordinary, you might want to find a special episode of Touched by an Angel, called “A Christmas Miracle.” It not only gives viewers a glimpse of a heavenly touch, but it also shows how easily we can be led astray when we focus on anything other than our Lord.

The goal isn’t to put Christ back into Christmas, but instead put Him back into our hearts. Imagine the remarkable lives we would live if we remembered the extraordinary images of that one ordinary night.

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men “with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14, New American Standard


Christmas Blessings, Francine

2 comments:

    On 8:30 AM Cami said...

    We were talking about this very thing here just this morning. Thank you for sharing this IMPORTANT truth! The discouragement that settles in all around our world at the expectations of this season, both religious and secular, creates a despair that never should be. Christ humbled Himself for our salvation. This IS Christmas

     
    On 2:31 AM Francine said...

    Cami, isn't amazing how God speaks so similarly to us. It is a wonderful confirmation of being on the right track.

     
 
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