Wednesday, December 16, 2009
"Christmas - Part 2"
“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them
in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto
In last week's edition we learned that if
Christmas is going to be a matter of the heart bringing praise and
glory to God, there are a few things we must hold to. Below is the
continuation of last week's devotion.
Establish some family traditions that will have
you looking forward with anticipation every year. Having certain things
that you always do adds to the richness of the season. Maybe it would
be a certain day you go pick out a tree, or a certain night to decorate
it, or a day to decorate the exterior of the house, or a drive
to look at Christmas lights, but think of special traditions your
family could establish. We enjoy getting up early Christmas morning and
reading the Christmas story (Matthew 1:18-25 or Luke 2:1-20) before we
open up presents.
M –Memories! Memories! Memories!
Make the most of every moment, so you will have
some things that you can keep and ponder in your heart the rest of your
life. That is exactly what Mary did at the birth of Christ. Oh,
the precious memories I have of childhood Christmases, and time with
and dad. These things are what last a lifetime. The gifts may fade and
wear away but memories last!
Some get a bad one this time of year. Maybe
there has been heartbreak, or trouble, or finances are low, or it's
a bad spirit, but there are some who want to “bah-humbug” Christmas. No
matter what you have been through, Christ has the answer so you can
praise and glorify God like the shepherds did! If you have lost a loved
thank God for Christ coming to make a way to heaven! If you have been
hurt in some way, thank God for the healing touch of Jesus! If you
have the money you think you should have, thank God for what you do
have! No matter what, have a good attitude!
Keep the gifts a surprise for Christmas
day. This adds fun and festivity to the season. Some people can’t
keep secrets! Surprises help keep the anticipation, and that’s part of
the excitement for the children. It also adds to the meaning of the
gift. In other words, making someone wait on their gifts adds a
greater value to it. It will be cherished more. Why did God keep
promising a Saviour and a Deliverer thousands of years before Christ?
He had His people looking forward with anticipation. The same applies
to the return of Christ! We are to be watching and waiting for Him!
Enjoy your Christmas season. Make the most of it!
Study verses: Gen 3:15 with Gal 3:16; Hosea
11:1 with Matthew 2: 14, 15; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20
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