We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas and I don’t know about you, but it seems like every year the holidays get more and more hectic. In my life, it’s not even a holiday-based busyness, but just a general “it’s the end of the year and all the things need to be done now” type of busyness. As such, the holidays are left at the bottom of the list, hastily embraced for 24 hours before being relegated back to the basement in the hopes that maybe next year will be better.
I’m comforted by the reality that, for Christians, Christmas is a wonderful, joyful time to celebrate, but our celebration doesn’t end on December 26. Jesus was born, and Jesus still lives. That’s reality for those who belong to Christ. Actually, it’s reality for everyone, but we Christians have the privilege of experiencing the joy that accompanies that reality. It’s a joy not found in tinsel or gift wrap, or even smiles and memories. It’s a joy found only in Christ, and it’s a joy that is unsurpassed.
I hope your holiday plans are plodding along nicely. Why not take a break, grab a Christmas cookie, and sit back to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- A real-life Hallmark town? I’m there.
- Yep, this is me.
- Because if you want to have a kangaroo for a pet, you need to know where to live.
- Maybe this tells us something about our world and our theology.
- Anger is a thing, but we need to understand it biblically.
- I love learning about people from the Church’s past!
- This song was new to me, but I love it!
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile. I’ve already downloaded it and plan to read it over my Christmas break!
- Shameless, self-promoting plug.
- Um, no.
- How strange!
- Church abuse is real.
- Where is your hope?
- This is so heartbreaking in so many ways, but I urge you to read it.
Christ frequently gives us the desires of our heart, though not at the peculiar time we desired, but a better time.Robert Murray M’Cheyne