The being with is always the gift, not merely the doing for. When we think we’re the ones who will have to produce Christmas, we only half-wrap the notion that we think the saving of he world begins with us.
It is more blessed to give than to receive – and it may be more of a struggle to receive than to give. Christmas humbles: we are not the givers we long to be. Nor are we the receivers God woos us to be.
You are most prepared for Christmas when you are done trying to make your performance into the gift and instead revel in His presence as the Gift.
It’s the wavering between the gods of things and the God of everything – that’s what has us flailing and drowning soundless in it all.
Christmas can only be found. Christmas cannot be bought. The message of Christmas is that this world’s a mess and we can never save ourselves from ourselves and we need a Messiah. For unto us a Child is born. Christmas whispers there is always hope
Peace is belief that exhales. God gives God. That is the gift We only need to slow long enough to unwrap the greatest gift with our time: time in His Word, time in His presence, time at His feet.
Only when you first unwrap the gifts of blessings to you can you be wrapped up as a gift of blessing to others. Only when you are overwhelmed with the goodness of God can you overflow with the goodness of God to others. You will be experienced as a blessing – to the extent you have first experienced yourself as blessed.
Thank you for letting me share today! I wish for all of you is that you truly receive the gift this season. Merry Christmas!