Christmas Devotion

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! (Photo credit: Kelvin Servigon)

Christmas Message

With the Christmas season upon us, I wanted to post a devotion that I wrote several years ago that addresses this time of year.

We tend to get caught up in so many things during this beautiful season — so much to the point that we often miss out on the beauty of the season, not to mention the true reason for the season.  I was reading in The Message Bible this morning.  (I am sorry that I can’t give direct scripture references on this because that Bible doesn’t have them.)  In I Cor. 7, it says “Don’t complicate your lives unnecessarily.  Keep it simple – in marriage, grief, joy, whatever.  Even in the ordinary things – your daily routines of shopping, and so on.  Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.  I want you to live as free of complications as possible…..All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.”

Distractions – isn’t that something we all deal with on a daily basis?  Last night at church a lady shared how she takes a notebook with her when she does devotions.  Then, when Satan whispers “You forgot to take out the trash, you didn’t make that doctor appt., you didn’t call that friend yet….”  you can write it down, and then do it later.

How can you minimize your distractions?  What gets your focus off of Jesus during this busy season?  Seek to find a way to have those times of quiet intimacy with our wonderful Master.  You won’t regret it!

I want to share something that I heard a long time ago that has made a big impact on me during the Christmas season.  It’s so simple, but so profound.  When you gaze upon your Christmas tree, with all of the lights and the glitter, remember that it was a tree upon which Jesus died for you.  Let YOUR Christmas tree be a gentle reminder of the great love that Jesus had for you, while you were yet in the midst of your sin.  Let the lights be a reminder of how He wants His light to shine through you to a lost and dying world, and yes, even to your own family.  Let the red ribbons and bows be a symbol of the blood He shed to bring about healing and wholeness to your life.  Let the tinsel be a reminder of the beauty that He wants to give you, instead of ashes.

May this Christmas season be the start of a new way to view the holidays, and may it start some new and lasting traditions for you in the years to come.

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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