Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

   

Ready or not….it’s December 25th!   

 

Yes!!
 
Merry Christmas!!

Whether your Christmas be little or big, I certainly hope your Christmas is merry!!

I’ve marked this Advent season…

Advent

…lighting a candle and reflecting upon each Advent word that Jesus brings us all.

And today, as we celebrate His birth my heart again is overflowing with joy and humility at how our Creator brought His Son Jesus into this world.

I share here part of a hymn written by Charles Wesley in 1745. This hymn is no longer sung in churches, but first came to my attention in my seminary Liturgy class years ago.

Who now would be great,

And not rather wait

On Jesus, their Lord, in His humble estate?

Like Him I would be,

My Master I see

In a stable; a stable shall satisfy me.

With Him I reside:

The Manger shall hide

Mine Honour; the Manger shall bury my pride. 

-Charles Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord

 

Jesus is Born!

As we continue to celebrate and worship during this Christmas season, I pray we continue to humble ourselves at the manger and leave our pride there.

Blessings to you and your family this Christmas Season!

   

For Your Weekend:  Pre-Christmas Links

Advent Joy

The Advent candle of Joy’s been lit and yet your in the middle of the…can I say it….grind of Christmas. 

Maybe you’ve been stuck in horrible traffic, or the checkout lines have been waaaaay too long or the one perfect Christmas gift cannot be found and purchased.

Take a deep breath….lower the bar (seriously, no one will die if you you don’t do ______this Christmas) and restore your JOY!

  • Alli Worthington’s new book, Breaking Busy, is available January 2016…but you can grab a FREE chapter on breaking busy with holidays here.  You’re welcomed!
Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington available January 15, 2015!
  • Star Wars has opened and this is for all you Star Wars geeks!! Bill Murray perfectly captures the mood.
  • When crazy calls you up or shows up at your Christmas gathering!    Seriously, drama erupts at holidays and this article  from Psychology Today is a lifeline when family, friends or random strangers try to harsh your Christmas joy.  If you implement these strategies, you will be golden.

Celebrating Advent joyfully while lowering the bar…how are you  keeping sane this Advent?

  

    Peace for Your Thursday

    Peace for Your Thursday

    Peace

    This Advent week, the candle of Peace has been lit.  Your heart and mind ache over recent decidedly unpeaceful world and national events. 

    The Advent candle is burning in a cracked container…and yet it still shines forth into the darkness.

    This world isn’t our home and right about now we need reminding exactly who and what true Peace is all about.

    • God’s Peace transcends all understanding.  see Philippians 4:7
    • Jesus is the Prince of Peace. see Isaiah 9:6
    • Jesus is our Peace.  see Ephesians 2:14
    • Jesus gives us His Peace. see John 14:27
    • Jesus’ Peace is not like the world’s temporary peace. see John 14:27
    • We are to let Jesus’ Peace rule in our hearts.  see Colossians 3:15

    Light your Advent Peace candle, even if it’s broken and banged up.  Pray for Jesus’ Peace to reign in the unpeaceful corners of your life.  Pray to be be a part of the light of Christ to bring His Peace to others.  Pray for peace.  

      Hope for Your Monday

      Hope for Your Monday

      Hope

      The Advent candle of Hope was lit yesterday and less than 24 hours later, your Monday has already done.You. In.

      The sermon that so encouraged you yesterday cannot strengthen you now.  You cannot recall the distant strains of the praise choruses sung yesterday.  Human words fall short in light of what you faced today.

      Monday’s sharp edges hit after a warm fuzzy Sunday and the anecdote is God’s Word.

      • Our hope is in God. See Psalm 39:7
      •  Hope makes us bold.  See 2 Corinthians 3:1  
      • Hope does not put us to shame. See Romans 5:5
      • Hope is an anchor for the soul, firm & secure.  See Hebrews 6:19
      • Hope dies for the godless who forget God.See Job 8:13
      • Hope is the promise of eternal life. See Titus 1:2

      So, talk to your Heavenly Father.  Read His Word.  Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of the Hope Jesus has already worked and is continuing in your life at this very present moment.