Thursday, December 1, 2011

Decorate for Christmas

Christmas is such a fun time of year. We pull out boxes that are in storage eleven months of the year and decorate the house. There's a month of rushing and activity as we celebrate, often leaving us run down and frazzled.

Let's take time today, right now, to celebrate and soak in what and WHO is behind our Christmas celebration: Jesus. Carve out time to think through His life, from beginning to end, and thank Him for all He did for us.

Luke 2:1-20
The Birth of Jesus
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[a] 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.

Just as we decorate our house, let HIM decorate your life and soul. Let His Light shine bright in your heart so it overflows to those around you.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12

Finding the Extraordinary God in our Ordinary Lives

6 comments:

  1. Peej, I love the decorated heading!

    What a glorious visual, letting Him decorate our lives and souls! Wow!

    Much love!

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  2. Lovely header - and a wonderful message. Letting him decorate MY life.

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  3. Nice Christmas decorating!! :)

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  4. Love your Christmas touches on the header!

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  6. What a great way to begin our Christimas posts, Patty. Love the way you "decorated" JoE as well.
    Love and appreciate you.

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