It is officially the Friday before Christmas. One week from now, Christmas 2019 will be over and nearly forgotten. We’ll be forging ahead to 2020, pondering which resolutions we should make (and break). Some of us will be hopeful for a brighter, more bearable year ahead. Others will be hoping for one just as positive and happy as 2019 was for them. We’ll begin to take down our decorations, dismantle our Christmas trees, and tuck away the stockings for another 12 months.
Christmas is just a day. One day among many. For millions, it’s marked solely by presents and gatherings and movies touting holiday cheer. For Christians, it is so much more. It is more than just cheerfully wrapped gifts beneath the tree. It is more than stockings overflowing with toys and treasures. It is more than Rudolph and Elf and Santa. And, it is more than one day. Christmas is our hope. It is the day we commemorate and celebrate God breaking centuries of silence, answering the call of His people as they cried, “O come, Emmanuel.” I pray your Christmas is filled with much joyful reflection and thanksgiving for our great Savior, and I pray you will carry it with you all through the year.
Still, today is only December 20, so it’s business as usual, which means it’s time for your week in review (kind of):
- “When we don’t think we need God in our day-to-day, common, hard things, we miss the gift of his nearness, care, and forgiveness.”
- Our country is officially insane.
- We should pray for this family, but not for what they are requesting people to pray for; rather, we should pray for them to realize the difficult reality of the situation and to turn to the true God of all comfort.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- This is a great development, and if you’re worried about “medical waste,” I invite you to request that one of the reusable scopes be used on you instead.
- Twelve days of Christmas with Simon’s Cat.
- It’s Christmas, so here’s your second weekly dose of adorable.
- Thoughts on shepherd-leaders.
- A sweet and thoughtful gesture.
- These stories are heartbreaking, and it’s compounded by the reality that the same type of horrible abuse is happening within so many evangelical churches.
Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son. Oh, the wonder of Christmas.Charles Spurgeon