Merry Christmas my friends. Thank you for spending time with us here each day. It means a lot to have you with me on this journey.
Christmas is a time for traditions in many houses. Did you know that in Sweden, it’s tradition to watch a Donald Duck Christmas cartoon at 3pm on Christmas Eve? True–some years it’s the most watched show. And have you heard of the Christmas Truce? During the first year of WW1, 1914, German and British soldiers figured out a way to make a truce (stop fighting) so they could celebrate Christmas. They even came out of their trenches, crossed No Man’s Land, and exchanged small gifts. That’s how important Christmas is.
Let’s make sure and keep the traditions and celebration of Christmas that important. To those soldiers, it wasn’t because of presents, or food, or anything like that. It was to just celebrate Christmas, to feel the peace and joy of the day. Today, don’t be just about the presents or the big dinner, but find a moment to stop and just say, “thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit–I honor you today”.
he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man, 8 he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross… 10 God did this so that every person will bow down to honor the name of Jesus. Everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth will bow. 11 They will all confess, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and this will bring glory to God the Father.
Philippians 2:7-11 (ERV)
Dear Father, Thank you for giving up your son for me. Dear Jesus, thank you for giving up your place as Lord and Ruler in heaven to come be born a baby for me. Dear Spirit, thank you for being at work in me and for speaking for me. Amen.