It is that state of being in which a “delight”…
warms you from head to toe…
A warmth comes from the simplicity of
loving God and loving others.
The reason I can experience this special love is
I opened my “Christmas Gift”.
The gift of Jesus…
“A child is born to us! A son is given to us!
And he will be our ruler. He will be called,
“Prince of Peace.”
Joy is a result of our truly understanding the relationship
offered to us through a tiny babe in a manager.
“There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood.
They had set night watches over their sheep.
Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and
God’s glory blazed around them.
They were terrified.
The angel said, “Don’t be afraid.
I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is
meant for everybody, worldwide:
A Savior has just been born in David’s town,
a Savior who is Messiah and Master.
This is what you’re to look for:
a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”
provided us with a way to experience relationship with Him,
by sending His son to us.
The angel said,
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
That good news is the gift of God to us and it does provide great joy for those who believe!
Let’s remember to keep in step with the spirit this Christmas
and fill our hearts to overflowing with JOY!
In the harsh reality of a world gone mad with hate and confusion…
don’t let the Joy of loving God and loving others get lost.
The answer can only settle itself in four little words…
The JOY of JESUS!
Our Heavenly Father, we praise you and rejoice this Christmas for
your gift to us in your precious son, Jesus, Emmanuel!
God, you are truly with us and we are so grateful for your spirit and the gift that it gives through your power!
Help us to keep your Joy at the center of our Christmas and to share that Joy with others.
Father, I lift up to you those who are struggling this year to find joy amidst the pressures of this world.
I pray that you give us all the ability to grab a hold of your hand in order to keep in step with your Spirit,
so that we may embrace the fruit that your Spirit provides.
In the name of Jesus we celebrate this Christmas!