God Loved and God Gave
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
'Twas the night before Christmas… When we think of those words, we think of kids sleeping with one eye open. In fact, Christmas morning is perhaps the only morning in the year that kids wake up before parents full of excitement and anticipation.
As we grow older we tend to be less excited about Christmas morning. Christmas morning is not about the packages, the boxes, the wrapping paper, the trees or even the lights. Christmas morning is about Love. Love worth waiting for, as the saying goes. And isn’t that what the Advent season is all about? Expectant waiting with that sense of anticipating the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long awaited Messiah, the essence of Love.
To focus on Jesus this Christmas, the present and eternal hope and reward of my heart.
Lord, help my thoughts to center on you, to desire you above all else, and to prioritize my relationship with you over the other temporary things of this world. Thank you for sending your Son to be my most precious gift, one which gives new mercies every day and blesses me with every spiritual blessing in Christ now and forever.
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