BEYOND THE DECORATIONS AND THE LIGHTS
Christmas is speeding close and the buntings are being prepared and bought. The decorations are coming up. Everywhere is colourful: twinkling lights, stars, sparkling orbs and glitter on and off the mistletoe (real and plastic). Cards of different shapes and sizes, some with bars of instrumental carols affixed are going up.
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What is a festive season without the bright and beautiful ornaments everywhere that cheer us up and draw us into the spirit of celebration? What is Christmas without the decorations and the lights? But is that all that Christmas really is?Let our celebration in this season go beyond the decorations and the lights. Click To Tweet
If it is indeed a season of joy, what are we joyful about? Are we joyful that our homes are decked with holly and stuff? Are we joyful that we will soon be receiving lots of gifts wrapped in foil and flowered paper and bound with ribbons? Are we joyful that there will be noise and crowds, Christmas carols and laughter all around?
All these will pass. The season will end and the decorations will be packed up waiting for this time of year to roll round again. But the reason for the season should never depart from us. Emmanuel – God with us. We should admire Him more than the decorations and the lights. We should welcome Him into the centre of our hearts. We should imbibe the lifestyle He desires.The reason for this season should never depart from us. Emmanuel - God with us. Click To Tweet
Our celebration needs to be meaningful beyond the decorations and the lights so that we do not pack up the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ, with them. If it is, during the Christmas season and everyday to follow, our declaration will continue to be, “Emmanuel, God is truly with us!”
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Amen in Jesus’ name.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).” – Matthew 1:23
“… in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy …” – 1 Peter 3:15
“… as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16
The scriptures used in this post are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.
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