Good morning all-
So we are approaching the anniversary of one of the greatest events in History. We are 15 days away from Christmas. Without Christ there would be no reason to celebrate this day. Like every thing else in the world we have a misperception of what it means to celebrate Christmas. We like to shop, wrap presents and put up the tree but we should really want to explore the depth of the Christmas story, that's where true joy and giving comes from.
Don't get me wrong, I love to see children unwrap presents. I love to go get the Christmas tree and of course, I love the whole regimen of tradition. Always, I put up the lights and then the boys wait until it's dark to put on the ornaments. I have so many memories of Christmas as a child. My mom and dad did not have much money but Christmas was always a special time in my house. The house was filled with aromas of baked goods, pine needles, and candles. It's one of my fondest memories growing up. I can remember all the special ornaments and all the fun we had putting up the tree. I wish I could say every Christmas was like that for my kids but there have been great moments of stress in our house around Christmas. I hope they don't dwell on those times but remember putting up lights on the back porch, listening to Christmas music and helping me trim the tree. I also hope that they remember that Jesus is everything and that without Him, we have nothing.
In the time of Jesus's birth, people did not have what they do now. There were no trees or thousands of lights. Houses weren't lit for the whole neighborhood to see. Presents weren't scattered around, most were in celebration of Hanukkah and were probably made. Things have changed so dramatically today but the one thing that hasn't is Jesus. As women that love Christ, we must infuse this once again into the hearts of our husbands and children. We must remember the sacrifices of Mary, Joseph and especially Jesus. We must never forget that Christmas is a time to celebrate the Lord, to make memories for future generations and to share Christ with the world. Once upon a time a baby was born in a barn, wrapped in cloth and put into a wood manger. That baby would save the world with His own life and we would all be blessed because of it. We must teach this and inspire others to share His story.
I hope this day finds you well and that as we partake into the story of Jesus' birth, we will all see God in a new way. May God reveal to You the splendor of Him and may we bow down before our Lord with our lives. Just like Jesus, we are here on a journey of purpose and we must fulfill it with our minds, hearts and souls. The Scripture below represents the prophesy of old that Jesus would be born and that He would be the Savior.
Isaiah 9: 6 NKJV:
Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
My prayer today:
O, Lord, we come before You asking for our Savior to be seen here on earth. We know that Christmas is nearing, this time can be stressful and depressing. But You came unto Mary, a light unto a darkened world. You were prophesied of old and came when Your Father sent You, unto a virgin. We know the story Lord, since childhood we were told of Your birth. I am asking that every women, in every country will recant the story to future generations. I'm praying that with every word I write, You will help women become a light unto this world. Give all of us the strength to pray for our countries, our men and our children. If we love You, then we must pick up the cross. I know we are not men Lord but women have the power to pray, to nurture and to direct. Help us become strong in You: body, mind and soul. We worship You and call You wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace and Savior of the World. Bring forth Your chosen, hold them and convict all of us to spread the news to one person that really needs You. There are many that haven't truly heard Your message. Give them hope today and if at all possible, write someone on the hearts of Your prayer warriors. This season would mean nothing without You. The Father chose a women to carry a Savior. We have not been chosen for that task but we do bear Your children, so with that in mind, give us the wisdom to see, the hearts to hope and the soul to fulfill Your purpose. In Jesus name, AMEN