By the time Saturday evening rolls around, I'm thinking about the week past and try to summarize it. What happened, who we had conversations with, what were our feelings towards situations, how did we handle everything, what could have been done differently, where did we go, what did we do. And then all the emotions that go with it - happiness, sadness, humbleness, tears, fears, worry.
The past week had it all. And every morning, by the light of the Christmas tree, I pour all this out at the feet of Jesus. Because I can. Because the Bible says I can. We are to come humbly and boldly to the Throne of God. He knows it all and He saw it all, but He wants us to say it out loud. Like C.S. Lewis said - "Prayer doesn't change God, it changes me." And I don't know about you, but I need to be changed. The wrong words often come out, the bad feelings often arise within me, the not-so-good thoughts often haunt me. And Jesus is just The One to help.
Christmas is all about Jesus. His love for us. But, sometimes, I'm afraid that because we've heard it all before it gets a little watered down. It becomes too familiar and loses it's meaning. We go through the motions without really feeling it. We read the Christmas story and we can say it by heart. We sing the carols and know all the words. But do we fully realize what Jesus did for us? Do we awaken in the morning having that feeling of being taken care of? Do we yearn to be alone with Him? Do we hunger and thirst for His Word? Or, is it because we do this every year that we have lost the awe and wonder of God's perfect plan of salvation for mankind?
I pray that this Christmas of 2016 will be the Christmas that we all go back and renew our love for Jesus. To try and remember when we were lost and without Him and compare that to how we are now found and he is Emmanuel. ALWAYS.
Hi Mary my dear friend. Your post is beautiful and spoke to my heart. Everything you wrote is so true as we face the busy season. Yes, we must not become so complacent in our day to day functions that we forget to be that child of God humbly before him. Giving our ups and downs to him who, like you said, already knows them but wants us to turn to him and share, ask and be thankful.ReplyDelete
Wishing you the joy of this season filled with many blessing for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your friendship, your blog visits and your inspiration.
Thank YOU so much! I have to admit that it's a blessing to have you comment. As a blogger I sometimes wonder if what I'm sharing is meaningful to anyone else so I appreciate you taking the time to let me know what you think. : )ReplyDelete
I hope the upcoming busy week before Christmas will give you much joy and a Happy New Year to you and your family as well. Thanks again!!!! : )