Abundant life, Encouragement, faith, Fear, Parenthood

The Day Before

The countdown has begun.  It is Christmas Eve and everyone is either in panic getting last-minute gifts or resting in front of the television.  Today and tomorrow will be here and over with before you know it.  There will be family reunions, some fights, hyper children, strange noises and laughing, some crying, game playing and lots of eating.  We shouldn’t forget that all the beautiful wrapped gifts today will be the crumbled mess in the floor tomorrow.  The outfit will be worn then thrown in the closest, the toys will be played with then tossed to the side, the music will be played then stored till next year but the true fact still remains.  This is none other than Jesus, and He is still on the throne through it all and most families survive this ordeal to repeat it all next year.  Let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas and finding time to gather, pray and tell the testimony of how thankful we are to each other.  Let your family and friends know how much you love them.  

I wonder how Mary felt the day before?  Was she nervous or excited or a little fearful of becoming a mother or birthing a Savior?  I wonder how she felt the day before His death?  Was she in turmoil, fear or pain?  I wonder how she felt the day before He rose from the grave?  Was she still praying, hoping or grieving without hope?  The day before can bring much anticipation to the unknown but it also brings faith to those who walk in His Spirit and know how to live life with Christ.  It is a day like any other day to bring good news to others.  It is a day to leave a legacy to your children in why we live and celebrate Jesus.

Know the importance of Christmas and express it the day before, the day after and after that day.  Tell about Jesus, how He was born of a virgin, how He was crucified and bled for our healing, our sin, and how He is the ONLY God who was resurrected from the grave and still lives on!  Wake up tomorrow full of faith and happiness!

Prayer:  Lord I pray that everyone would realize why we celebrate Christmas and that it is because of you.  It is not to give or to receive presents, toys or food but to be thankful that you came into this world to set us free from our sin and give us eternal life.  I am thankful you are a God that provides, protects, loves and is full of mercy.  You reign Lord over all and I celebrate You!  In Jesus Name. Amen.

Matthew 1:18,21,23  New International Version
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.””The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

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