Monday, December 18, 2017

Ready for CHRISTmas Yet?

The tree . . . the "perfect" tree . . . the lights in just the right spots and just the right amount of "twinkle" . . . .just the right amount of holly or garland trim bending in the right spots and the red bows in the exact measured areas . . . ready for Christmas 🎄 . . .  or CHRISTmas?

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:18-21)

Rather than focusing on winning the neighborhood decorating contest or impressing the relatives with our grand decorations, perhaps we can say "welcome" to the Savior with our "party decor". Instead of seeking Black Friday savings we may refocus our attention or the suffering Savior Who saved us on the cross on the original Black Friday! No matter how many Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings I might hear, I will always respond with an emphatic,
 "Merry CHRISTmas!"

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