This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths  and lying in a manger” [Luke 2:12]

The pressure of the season often requires going the second mile, giving the extra measure or having the patience of Job!   The old adage of keeping it simple is still great wisdom.   To be simple one must be:

SINCERE – “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that is simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”  (2 Corinthians 1:12)

INVOLVED – “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let everyone of us please his neighbor for his good to edification.”  (Romans 15:1-2)

MERCIFUL – Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” “He has showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  (Luke 6:36, Micah 6:8)

PATIENT – Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming.  See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. “(James 5:7-8)

LOVE – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:6, 14)

ENDURINGAnd let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.” (Galatians 6:9, John 15:9)

Sincerity, involvement, mercy, patience, love, and endurance!  These are the qualities that make up the fabric of all Christ came to empower us to be.  “For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)

May God Bless you and yours this wonderful and Holy Season

Further reading:    Luke 2; Galatians 5