“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17
Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday?
We were blessed with a chance to rest, enjoy great food, and make a lot of new memories with family. God is so good to His children; for that I am thankful.
As I sat down to write this morning it was hard to believe that we are already in the month of December. Where has the year gone? It seems like only yesterday we were bringing in 2013 and preparing for another year, and here we are already at the end of it. I pray this year has been a blessed year for you.
With Thanksgiving having come to a close and Christmas fast approaching I want us to focus on the reason for the season. I know we hear this term thrown around quite often, but I really want us to take the time to ponder what this really means.
Jesus is the reason for the season.
If it were not for Jesus willingly coming to this earth and dying for our sins we would have no reason to celebrate.
This month I want us to focus on the real reason for Christmas. I know we all enjoy the decorations, the food, and the gifts, but I want to make sure that we do not get caught up in these things and forget to take the time to thank God for sending His Son to this earth to live and die for our sins.
As we enter this Christmas season I want to encourage you today. Take the time to enjoy the last few weeks of this year. Reflect back on the blessings that God has given to you, remember the trials that God has seen you through, and thank Him for the privilege of serving Him another year. I also want to encourage you to prepare your heart for Christmas. Remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas and thank God for the greatest gift ever given: His Son.
I look forward to celebrating this Christmas season with each of you. I pray that God will bless you and keep you safe.
I want to leave you with this challenge: As you go through your Christmas season and begin to celebrate, remember to keep Christ as the center of Christmas- Wish those around you a Merry CHRISTmas.