Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Is it that time again already. It seems like we just took the tree down and got rid of all the wrapping paper. It must be though, because the stores have been decorated and the advertisements have been bombarding us since the first part of November (or earlier).
People enter this season with a lot of different attitudes. There are those who are filled with excitement and anticipation and then there are those who are stressed. They become stressed over decorations, gifts, parties and family gatherings.
Sometimes we over do it. We over spend, we over eat, we try to squeeze more into our schedule than we can possibly keep up with without being stressed. Maybe we should just stop for a few minutes and think about what we are really celebrating. God sent His Son into the world to be our Savior.
I don't like the phrase Happy Holidays. It is Christmas...the time we celebrate the greatest gift man ever received. A Savior. It was a joyous time and I believe a tranquil time. Now as we celebrate, I believe it should be a worshipful time. It should also be a time of reflection on God's love for us and His marvelous grace.
Don't let the Christmas season stress you out. Just look up, give thanks to God. It is the season to celebrate God's love for us.
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