Merry Christmas

Chris Tomlin: Joy To the World!

This “season”seems to always stress me out. But once the DAY gets here, I’m joyful again. The season is full of unrealistic expectations, crazed commercialism, and food…all kinds of sweet, delicious, diet-busting food. But the DAY comes, and what’s done is done. The stores are closed, the gifts are bought…now we can focus on what’s important.

We had a set budget for Christmas spending, one that didn’t allow wiggle room. I learned this year, as the DAY got closer and the money tighter and the list longer, what I truly value. Don’t get me wrong. I initially did what, according to research, most people do when they go Christmas shopping… I bought myself stuff… New clothes for a new body and all (justification is way too easy for me). But as I made my returns, my priorities got straight. Stuff isn’t important, people are. So I made up a new Christmas wish list:

  • For my husband, I wish complete health, no pain, & clear sinuses.
  • For my kids, I wish God’s direction, guidance, provision, and above all His presence in their lives.
  • For my friends who are painfully missing their departed loved ones, I wish comfort, inexplicable peace, over-flowing love, and abounding joy.
  • For the kids I work with, I wish wholeness & healing for them & their families that would allow reunification without further damage.
  • For all those I know and love, I wish a full understanding and acceptance of the true meaning of Christmas: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Merry Christmas to you all!

What is your Christmas wish?


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