Today, I've been contemplating how THE most important part of this time of year is WHY it's so important. We all know the story, but sometimes we each get so wrapped up in the wrappings of the season that we don't stop to really think about it in detail. For example, have you taken time yet to read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and Matthew 2? Have you planned to read it sometime during this season or are you spending all your time on the wrappings? Well, I want to encourage you to stop for just a few minutes to read those two chapters and revisit Bethlehem and remember how very gracious God was to decide to give up all of heaven and humble himself to come live as one of us so that He could become our sacrifice and save us from our sins so that we can live in Christmas happiness and joy FOREVER!!
Each of you is so very special to me. Each of you has contributed to who I am today. Many times during each day, I find myself speaking or doing something and remembering that I first heard it from or saw it modeled by you. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for encouraging me. Thank you caring enough about our church family to invest yourself in the family of faith, and in me. I know I'm a better person because of you.
My prayer today is for you and your family to have a wonderful Christmas. For those who are traveling, I pray that the Lord will bless you with a safe journey and will return you home without incident. I pray that He will protect your home while you're away. I also pray that God will bless you throughout the coming year with so many blessings that you'll feel compelled to stop and thank Him for being so good to you each and every day.