a favorite Christmas decoration (not tree related)
Wednesday, 07 December
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:7
God instructs the people of Israel to remember the Words He gave to them. He tells them not only to remember them, but also to talk about them with one another, and also, interestingly, to put them in prominent places, so that we remember to talk about them. How do our Christmas decorations also have a similar purpose to help us make our hearts ready for Him? Each of our knick-knacks and special pillows and any Christmas decor has a special story to share. We see them around us and let them point us to our Emmanuel, our Redeemer, our faithful God who saves us.
Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:7
Doors offer passage and protection. They can keep people out or let them come in. When we Make Ready and invite people into our homes to share a meal or activity, or to simply spend time talking, we invite them into our hearts. Christ reached out to us, entered our world, our lives. Let us also with openness reach out to others. We have an amazing Savior to share!
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
Before he became known as St. Nick, Nicholas of Myra was a pastor and bishop in the fourth century. He was passionate about his calling and stood up for what he believed in, or rather who He believed in- Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He’s remembered for the care he brought to people. He made use of whatever resources were available to him in an effort to help those in need. When you see the coat or red, the black boots, or the floppy hat remember that you too hold the Spirit of kindness and compassion in your hearts, and you have a firm faith to share, just as St. Nick did so long ago.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God… Luke 2:13
The shepherds that first Christmas were given a rare glimpse into what heaven is. They were watching over their flocks that night, making ready for a Messiah, long ago promised and the angels came down in worship and praise. Can you even imagine? Worship, itself, is a small piece of heaven. God with us, for us, joining us together. Voices blending in songs of praise to the One who breaks into the darkness, redeems His people, who walks ever humbly, overflowing grace and truth into our lives. Oh, come, let us worship Him, Christ the Lord!
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5
Christmas lights are wonderful to see. Driving or walking down the street, children call out as soon as they spot lights. I’m a grown-up and I get excited to see them! In a world of darkness, they are visible from far away, bringing cheer and happiness to our hearts. Christ’s light shines brighter and brings more joy than any string of Christmas lights or special Christmas candle ever could. Next time you see Christmas lights, praise Him by proclaiming aloud, “Make Ready for the Light of the World!”