The Season of Christmas
It’s almost Christmas–the season of hope, love, joy, and Jesus. The opportunity is here to prepare your heart for this miraculous time. Enjoy your traditions and time spent with loved ones and friends. Purposefully plan ways to celebrate the Holy One.
While COVID-19 will certainly bring a new perspective to how you gather and fellowship this year, you can still be encouraged to find the blessings in each new experience. The Christmas season is a much needed time to prepare your heart and home to receive His greatest gifts.
Revel in the time you have together and cling to the hope of the season.
From His humble beginnings as a baby to His time here on earth, He knows what you’re dealing with and you can be grateful that His Word gives you everything you need.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
He Brings Hope & Joy to His People
For some, this season is tough and finding joy in the simplest form is difficult. Circumstances may include loss of a job, loss of a loved one, illness, betrayal, economic uncertainty, and many more things that tend to complicate daily life.
But. Jesus. He brings hope to His people and He longs for you to turn to Him. Be mindful of those you love and who struggle with finding joy. Do your best to reflect His light and be a gracious giver with your words. Keep your focus on Christ and celebrate that He is the light of the world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Here are seven ways to prepare your heart this Christmas.
- Meditate. Reflect on a season designed to celebrate God’s love and sacrifice. Read Luke 2 and related verses to savor the birth of Jesus.
- Gather. Plan time together as a family and make it meaningful. Play games, watch a movie, read the Christmas story–enjoy each other’s company.
- Celebrate. The season of Advent prepare us for the birth of Jesus. Light a candle each week. Choose a book to read that commemorates the birth of Jesus.
- Hospitality. Provide love and care to your neighbors and friends. Prepare a care package of baked goods or candies, send a card, or go caroling. There are so many ways to show others how much they mean to you.
- Simplify. Avoid letting busyness take over the true meaning of the season. Be strategic and plan your activities. Know what your family can handle. Overload and overwhelm clutter the season with the unnecessary.
- Gratitude. Give thanks. Make a list of blessings from 2020. Despite a year of challenges He is the giver of hope. Spend time thanking God for all the ways He has taken care of you.
- Focus on the Christmas experience and less on money. Remember the reason for the season and it’s not about going into debt for earthly treasures that will take a back seat to eternal treasures that await us.
I’m praying for good health, peace and a great new year for you and your family.