I don’t know if you are feeling it already or not, but I sure am… so is my wallet😜 The hustle of it all. Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is soon to do the same. But I want this year to be different…
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE all the presents, the shopping, the food, the COOKIES, the decorations, I just love it all. But I find myself sometimes going through these motions and traditions so quickly and sometimes even on autopilot. Have you ever felt that way? Christmas Eve.. we go here. Christmas day … we do this, go here, eat here and then eat again there…
Sometimes our traditions, to-do lists, and agendas can take the place of what Christmas is all about. Jesus.
Not just the birth of Jesus but the entire reason Jesus even came. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior. We don’t rejoice over just a baby that was born in a manger, we rejoice over a Savior who came to rescue us because we need a Savior.
This Christmas I want to reflect on that. Jesus my Savior, our Savior. I want to remember the story in Genesis and the Fall of man. I want to remember God searching in the garden calling out “Where are you?” as if He didn’t already know the answer. Grace. I want to remember His grace. I want to remind myself of all the times He has called out to me when I have wandered away “Daughter, where are you?” My Savior, My Father, calling out to draw me back… because of Grace… because of Love.
I want to look at that manger that I put under my tree and see my Savior, not just another decoration I set out. I want to leave this season and enter into a new decade with a greater awe of who He is and a stronger wonder to know Him more. I want the same for you… will you join me?
Join me in a journey through this season of choosing to slow down, to pause, to reflect, to seek, to stand in awe, to draw close, to dig in… to celebrate not only the birth of Jesus, but the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ who came to this earth in the form of a baby to live a sinless, selfless life and to die on a cross for my sins… for your sins. To die so that we can live. So that we can have the hope of eternity and what is to come.
My prayer for us is that we leave this Christmas changed. That we leave with a greater understanding of what Love is and a greater willingness to share that love each and everyday. So this Christmas, let us truly not forget the Reason for the season.
Merry Christmas Friends 🎄Ashley
If you read this today and you do not know Jesus as your Savior I would love the opportunity to talk and pray with you if you do not have a church home or Christian friend to talk to. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or we can connect on Facebook. I would be honored and excited to talk to you. 💜
Here is a link to an advent devotional I am reading this year and LOVE so far: The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas