Prepare for a great Christmas
Prepare for a Great Christmas
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light –
a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow. – Isaiah 9:2
I was thinking recently that I need to do things differently this year.  Over the past couple of years Christmas has seemed to me to be a short breather between times of great busy-ness.  It has become little more than a holiday speed bump.
I long for the days when the anticipation of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the 12 Days of Christmas were almost palpable.  So, I’m thinking this year I’m going to do things differently. I’m going to focus more on our present season of Advent – the time of preparation.
The Isaiah verse above reminds us that this world can cast a shadow of death on our lives if we get too caught up in it.  When we spend too much time grinding at work to the neglect of our families, the shadow of death looms over us.  When we expend too much energy embracing the popular notions of Christmas, the shadow of death can block the light.  What is going on in your life that is blocking the Light that is in-breaking your darkness?
Our hope is not in this world, it’s in the Light that shines on all who live in it.  Maybe you need to do Christmas a little differently this year.  A time of preparation is key to being able to fully embrace an event of great significance.
The Lord says, “Shout and rejoice, O Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you.” (Zecharaiah 2:10)  Surely you will agree that is an event of utmost significance!  So beginning with this present moment of Advent, I hope you will join me in preparing to make this Christmas a most joyous one by readying your family and your life for the Christ.
Anticipating His coming,
Last Published: December 12, 2019 10:59 AM
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