Amidst our Christmas celebrations there is certain sadness; all is not alright in our world. In fact, it seems things are just upside down. I have so many questions. How is it? How can this be? Why? What can we do? Who can help us? When? Even in my asking I truly know the answer. Our help comes from the Lord.
How is it? How Can It Be?
How can it be that there are homeless in our streets? And so many hopeless and helpless; fill with defeat? How is it possible to say this is alright? When our own people are neglected and abused in plain sight? How can it be we would turn our own Nation aside, To give other Nations a free ride? Is now our whole perspective changed and upside down? Are the weak and the poor cast aside the new way found? Why is it what God says is wrong is now said is right? Why is darkness and evil practices done now in plain sight? Who is it that can answer my questions this day? How is it things have so changed? I pray, Wake us up, open our eyes to see and know, What needs to be done to things change. Lord Jesus, take control. Soften our hearts and unstop our ears to the truth hear. Help us Lord, to make evil ways disappear.
2 Chronicles 3:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Zephaniah 3:17-18 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
I woke up in the middle of the night with a song in my heart It was a good way for my day to start. It was a song we sang in school long ago. It was not about Santa or sleigh rides or mistletoe. It was not really a song normally heard at Christmastime. But it seems very relevant in our trying times. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, Who more than self their country love and mercy more than life! As the words took root deep within I marveled at its prayer request. America the beautiful… at this time in His love rest. Place your future in His hands just as long our forefathers long ago; Then sing your songs of salvation, Christ’s birth and mistletoe.
Merry Christmas; to all our friends and family and Happy Birthday to Jesus. Thank you Father for the precious, holy gift You sent to our fallen world on that day long ago. Thank you Jesus, for coming to earth as a tiny baby; showing to us the perfect example of humanity, ultimately to die to pay our debt of sin. Because You are risen victorious we are able to spend eternity with You.
Happy Birthday Jesus, thank You for this day, That we celebrate Your birth and give gifts away. We can get so caught up on our preparations, Leading up to our Christmas celebrations, We sometimes forget why it is we gather at this time to share. We go on with our day hardly acknowledging You are there. Forgive us when we become so preoccupied, That we forget You came to earth to for us die. Help us to also think Your resurrection on this day, And to each day honor You as You help us change our ways. My Lord Jesus, born of a Virgin pure in a manger long ago, I thank You for saving my soul. So as a gift on this day I offer You my heart’s song; As I remember on this day my eyes on You belong!
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Jesus is the worlds greatest gift. His birth is the most miraculous birth; His death the most important and most costly death. His resurrection is our greatest hope. The truth of His provision by the work on the cross to the seeking, believing heart is the gift of a new reborn life; eternally made one with the One whos birth we now celebrate. He that came to earth as a babe, born of a virgin, suffered and died for our sins; now waits for the perfect time to return to gather us as His bride.
The birth of Jesus is the greatest miracle ever foretold. The young mother in her arms the Creator would hold. The earth that was formed by His hand; Would feel the footsteps of the Son of man. His appearance caused the star to shine its light. The angels rejoiced at the entrance of the Christ. Mankind celebrates by offering gifts to one another. Songs of joy and goodwill are by many discovered. But so many do not truly perceive the miracle of love at work; Or the miracle of His life on the earth. Many do not experience the gift bestowed upon them, For He gives all the chance to be reborn in Him. To truly appreciate the Christmas story, His birth should be celebrated in two ways to give Him glory. One of course is the way most can see; When, in a stable the virgin God’s great gift received. But the most important Christmas miracle is when He is born within you. Then and only then will you hold the Creator too.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
In the land of Judah, a child was born. From the start it was evident it was not the norm. For His Father was God and His mother was Mary. A virgin would in her body the Son of God would carry. His Holy birth- though humbly in a stable He lay; Was heralded by Angels and a star’s light showed the way. The most astounding thing, was the new baby that Mary would hold, Was the answer to every need of every living soul. He that was rich and strong became weak and poor. He that needed to grow was Son of God and Lord of Lords. He lived to carry out the Father’s plan. He lived to die to save fallen man. He suffered many stripes and He died on the cross of shame, To give freedom to all that would believe on His name. He died to live again so all that would believe, Could His resurrected life inside them receive. The very best thing any man will get, Is Jesus for He is God’s greatest gift.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
The world is full of information, some false and some true. It can become tiresome and confusing to say the least. But one thing I know, God has the final word. Jesus is the Word. The Word of God tells us and shows us the power of prayer. There is great authority when we pray for God’s will be done, in Jesus’ name.
Defeated by Prayer
A fist full of reasons why something should or should not be done, Are all made as nothing by one word from God’s Son. Lazarus was buried; wrapped up tight to stay. But when Jesus spoke he had to obey. The stench of death was faced, However by a word from God it was erased. The mourners were wailing; his death was declared, But they were stilled, proved wrong by one word of prayer. The unbelievers were many but that did not mean a thing; Nothing stops the will of Christ Jesus the King. The fist full of facts did not stop God’s plan. No one that was present that day could fully understand, But the hearts that were touched were many that day. As death’s cold hand was pushed away. It was not time for the departure of the brother of Martha and Mary. It was turned about; they could not yet Lazarus bury. Just so are those that falsely declare The death of a Nation; these too are defeated by prayer.
Mathew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Isaiah 35:4-5 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Many have stated that in the difficulties of this year, with all the turmoil and uncertainties they have little or no Christmas spirit. But I think God is more glorified by the small but significant things that we do in remembrance of His birth, life, death, and resurrection than in the superficial gifts we pass out to others. There are times our simple loving gestures are greater gifts than things of monetary value.
Celebrate in Ways Right
Even though money may be tight, Celebrate Christ’s Birth the way that is right. You can to Church go, To rededicate or offer God your heart and soul. You can celebrate Christ’s birth and make, Jesus, on this day a birthday cake. You can diligently look for, Someone to bless in the name of the Lord. Make some candy or cookies to give to neighbors and friends; To demonstrate some Christmas-cheer to them. Share the story of Jesus once again to old and young, Take out the board games to have some fun. Instead of thinking of all you wish you were able to do, Count the many blessings God bestows upon you. Open your eyes to see the sparkle in another’s eye, Purpose your heart and lips to praise the Lord on high. Resolve your feet to walk the straight narrow way, To demonstrate to love ones how “to on the right path stay.” Reach out your arms to gather close the ones you love; Then your Christmas holiday will honor God above.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
It is easy to get caught up with the pressures of Christmas-time when finances are strained and the world seems to be upside down in almost every way. But I think we truly honor Jesus when we remember He is the reason for the season. He is honored I believe when we love Him enough to trust and believe for His best as we give our best to help another. Gifts are fine but I think greater is love along with respect. Let us honor God by demonstrating hope and faith in His sure help, provisions and intervention in the days ahead.
Gifts Wrapped in Love
Upon a piece of paper write a name; Pray every day for them and they will never be the same. Keep eyes open to observe those around you; Listen to conversations that surround you. With the right hand hidden let the left bless another, Allow God’s love to reach through you to sister or brother. When no one is watching make your prayer requests, Dance like David danced in God’s glory dressed. Pile problems at the alter willing to set them free, With a life love-filled; you are free indeed. Take a vacation in the Spirit…bask in the favor of the Lord. It will be the most rewarding vacation, you can afford. Take a deep breath of hope and fill up with faith. Believe the Word of God and for His promises patiently wait. But, to successfully do this, You need to take care to no opportunity miss. Look about to do good…. take each step with care; You gift God when with another you share. Each day is one day closer to the One you adore. One step closer to fully being made one with the Lord. Christmas is celebrated with gifts under the tree. The very best gifts are wrapped in love others will recieve. Jesus, the gift sent from heaven to set free from sin’s grasp; Upon the rugged tree His whole heart was wrapped. A gift from the Father to the world below; Such a loving gift is more than we could ever fully know.
Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
When you give and receive gifts celebrating the birth of Christ, remember, salvation is God’s greatest gift you will ever receive and the Good News is the best gift you can offer to another. We cannot earn redemption, it was offered free. Jesus must get all the glory, for He did all the work. When we strive in our effort to be good enough, we are working to earn it and are trying to save ourselves. It is amazing to me that many refuse such a wonderful gift.
What would you think if someone received your gift, And then attempted to pay for it? You would think it silly and a waste, If they insist, to the giver they cause disgrace. God by Jesus’ sacrifice has offered you many things; Countless gifts of promise He brings. The greatest promise is salvation for the soul. Because of what Jesus did you are whole. It is done, it is finished; you need only to believe. Salvation is sure when it is received. To give thanks and praise is all you need to do. So great is this gift bestowed on you. You cannot repay the Master for Salvation. You cannot earn what He has done. His love extended to die in your place. Great is the gift of grace. Under grace’s cover there are more gifts bestowed; They are of much more valuable than silver or gold. Gifts of guidance, provision, and care, Gifts of His peace and joy are also with you shared. The gift of accountability as He takes control, Gifts of knowledge are shared to enrich and make you whole. To worry or fear at what lie ahead, is to try to a gift pay. For it states God is unable to do as He says. Accept His gifts, rest in His love and care for thee, Then you are walking in the gift of life with the spirit free.
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Prayer Forgive me when I worry, I know You are able to lead and guide my path. Thank You for Your wonderful, generous gifts of love and provision. I will forever be grateful for the wonderful gift of Salvation!
Christmas gifts are great fun. I remember a time I was delivered a very large package but as I opened it up, inside was a smaller package, inside that was another and another, until it was a very small but greatly desired gift I did not really need. Jesus the Creator of the Universe came wrapped in a tiny babe born to a virgin and lay in a straw lined manger. He was a most needed gift that now is my greatest desire.
Big Things Come in Small Packages
Big things come in small packages – it is true I will give some examples to you. Great commitment is represented; most agree, By the tiny box, that accompanies the one upon his knee. All heaven and earth testifies Even the smallest truth will never be denied. Take the example, of a tiny seed; Within its little package lives the start of a tree. An encouraging, spoken word, may become A huge directional – change for someone. Many packages are placed under Christmas trees, They are expressions of love, and kindness to be received. But, the Greatest Gift ever bestowed is Jesus Christ. Upon a rugged tree your largest gift was sacrificed. In the little town of Bethlehem, a child was to a virgin born. In this tiny, little bundle the Creator was formed. He that made the earth and all off a far too, Was in this little package; delivered from the Father, to you. Remember Him in your giving, as you celebrate the birth of God’s Son By planting small, seeds of faith in the hearts of both old and young. Big is the God of all that is and is to be, But, He dwells within all that are His, for all eternity.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.