“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
From our family to yours…
Christmas is a message of simplicity. Quietly, a tiny child, small and ordinary, is born and the whole earth stands in awe, wise men still seek Him and invite Him into the manger of their hearts
Christmas is a message of identity He came to identify with us so that we might identify with Him. Made in the image and likeness of God, breathed upon by His Holy Spirit lives become reflectors of the Christ-child within.
Christmas is a message of intimacy The virgin birth is more than a Holy story; it reveals how closely God desires to come to man, an intimacy deeper than any afore known to man.
Christmas is a message about people, relationships, friends and decisions we make, choices and the debris of wrong choices but what of the ‘right’ choices—much of the fruit of good choices is not immediately seen but as time goes by there is a wake in man’s life that speaks volumes. The rip tides of life may knock us off our feet but the ebb and flow work together to reveal underlying truth and the strength of what lies beneath the water-line of our lives reflects who we are.
Christmas is a message of foundation, a starting point, a birth to every relationship formed, giving power for relationships to reach fruition—if we master the rip tides and stand on the foundation of faith in Christ then come what may our lives will have counted for something and relationships hold steady.
The message of Christmas is found in quiet moments and our ability to maintain the quietness of soul in the midst of busyness. Behind the activity there is a closing and opening of the days of our lives but how easily we miss the most important moments of life through the tyranny of the urgent.
We all ‘mess up’, we make mistakes and wish yesterday could be erased but as you ponder and play the ‘what if’ game ponder this—‘what if’ Christ had not come—‘what if’ Grace had not been given—how sad would that be… but God wrapped in the simplicity of a babe did come—come afresh and anew to Him this Christmas, rejoice once more in His appearing.
May the Love, Joy and Peace fill your hearts, homes, and families this Christmas Season
Joe and Diane – Christmas 2013