Monday, December 24, 2012

The Heart of Christmas

As I have been preparing to host our annual Christmas dinner for our family, I have to admit that at times I get a little overwhelmed. For the most part, things are right on schedule. But then I remember that there are still gifts to be wrapped, tables to be set, and in between all of that I somehow have to get ready myself. I think to myself, "Will my list ever end?" Then I stop and remember the true reason for the season. It's not the dinner, it's not the gifts, it's not whether or not we'll have a white Christmas.'s Him. The one who made angels sing, shepherds bow down in reverence, and wise men follow the star. He was the long awaited Messiah, and He is the reason for it all. In the words of Max Lucado, Jesus humbled Himself. He went from commanding angels to sleeping in the straw. From holding stars to clutching Mary's finger. The palm that held the universe took the nail of a soldier. Why? Because that's what love does. The heart of Christmas does have a name, friends.. it's Jesus. May I suggest that we all be very intentional about keeping our focus on Him during these last moments of the Christmas season, and not miss the point? It would be a shame. So, with all that being said, I've decided that there's where I'm going back to... the heart of Christmas, where we read the Christmas story, hold our loved one's a little tighter, laugh a little harder, and love with all that we have. Jesus is the heart of Christmas- don't miss Him.

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