Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Y'all!

We are down to less than two hours until Christmas Day! I hope y'all have had a blessed time celebrating with family and friends thus far. The music, movies, food, parties, and gifts are wonderful, but may we not forget the true meaning of the season: Jesus Christ. His humble birth in a stable so that He could inhabit a broken world and die a brutal humiliating death to atone for my sins is a far greater gift than any amount of Lilly Pulitzer or Tory Burch that could appear under my tree tomorrow. Here are a few reflections to remind us of the miracle of that glorious first Christmas over 2,000 years ago:

"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned...For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:2,6 (NIV)

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." -John 1:14 (NIV)

"As you celebrate the wonder of My birth in Bethlehem, celebrate also your rebirth into eternal life. This everlasting gift was the sole purpose of My entering your sin-stained world." -Jesus Calling

"A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices." -O Holy Night

"But the the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
-Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)

I hope y'all have a blessed and joyful Christmas day tomorrow!

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