A Changing Christmas

“In every way, every child of God has every gift from God and salvation isn’t only a free gift — it is every gift ever needed.

In Christ I need nothing – but to whisper thanks.” –Ann Voskamp

Our Christmas is changing. Maybe that was the problem all along – our Christmas and not His. That tug we have been feeling over the years has finally tugged a little harder, deeper. And now we feel it. How can we not walk away changed by the tear that has left its’ scar on His hands and feet?

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:

and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 6:48-58

We push away all fear: What if our little ones don’t receive any gifts under our tree? Will their hearts turn angry? Sad? Will they doubt our love for them? Or His? Will our joy be stolen from us – that fleeting moment of temporal happiness to see the things of this world trick them into being happy?

Oh, for grace to know the bread-flesh come down for us. To believe and feel that yes, it’s enough. Enough to satisfy the 7, 5 and 2 year old heart – and that of their shepherds, their parents, too.

This Christmas is changing and we step out in faith, deeper than ever. No gifts under the tree on Christmas morn. But gifts of great joy and rejoicing and sacrifice in our hearts!

They flip through catalogs to pick their gifts for Jesus.

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And we pray that future’s may be made bright: “When you give a Gift of Compassion, you don’t just buy a mosquito net – or a goat, or a soccer ball. You give a child, a community, the helping hand and the hope they need to make their future brighter.” –Wes Stafford

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And we plead with the Christ child, that in our meager attempts to give what little we have, that:

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4

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And we ask for His glory, His fame as we run from the heart’s desire for more of this world.

 


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And we trust in our ever-fearful hearts that great JOY will be found. We take the next step, and follow those who have gone before us showing the way. We plan with anticipation His Christmas morn’ when all gifts will be laid before Him. And we look for peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

To take our fear away.

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