What have you found to help you remember “the reason for the season”? What practical steps do you take to “keep Christ in Christmas”?
Our family engages in several activities each December to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We attend church. We have a time of worship before we open gifts. We limit the number of presents we exchange, choosing instead to shower gifts on birthdays. We also continue our tradition of our “Jesus gift.” This is our keeping track of what we spend on gifts we purchase so that we can give that same amount to “Jesus” (a ministry or a family in need). Another activity that continues is our daily meditation upon the Word of God. As you might expect, our study is focused upon the birth narrative–Luke, chapter one.
This morning we read the very familiar account of the angel Gabriel visiting Mary (Lk. 1:26-38). I don’t know about you, but I never tire of reading the story or hearing the amazing message. Each and every year I take great comfort in these words from verse thirty-seven:
Beloved, Gabriel had a very big concept of God! If the Bible presents any view of God, it is one which unashamedly declares: GOD is BIG. In other words, both Old and New Testaments teach that God is God. As such, He is omnipotent (all-powerful). Gabriel had no doubt. Mary would learn from experience what she had heard proclaimed throughout her entire life.
What circumstances are you facing? What difficulties are too big for you? Remember the God of the impossible!
Christmas isn’t just a holiday; it’s a way of life.
PS–It has been said, “God never gives us more than we can handle.” My response is: Hogwash! God often gives us more than we can handle so that we come to the realization that we need Him! He takes us to the end of ourselves so that He can glorify Himself by coming to our aid! Lean upon Him! Do not trust in your own strength or understanding! If you need God to do that which is impossible, ask Him! Keep asking Him!