December 5, 2018
Good morning, Lovelies! Here’s a Christmas acrostic poem (sort of) for you to start the day.
B: A baby named Emmanuel is born surrounded by filthy animals in a town that means “Bread of Life.” Christ is our bread. He’s a daily need that we cannot ignore. He craves a personal relationship with us. It’s a relationship that fulfills and inspires us and reminds us we are loved and adored.
E: Eternal life. This is something that is promised to us. All we have to do is accept Him into our hearts. With Him in our hearts, we should feel awakened and more alive than ever. This inspires us to seek out and take hold of any opportunity that glorifies Him. Just think how wonderful it will be to engage with loved ones in heaven.
T: Time. It took a long time for people such as the wisemen to reach Bethlehem. Jesus may not have even been in Bethlehem when they arrived. He was not however, in the manger when they arrived. The wisemen presented Jesus with gifts in a house. At the time, some say Jesus was at least a year old.
H: Herod. Ugh. Yes, he was called “Herod the Great,” but when it came to the birth of a child that would be king, Herod’s ugliness came out. He was a barbaric, horrible man and became very jealous at the news of our Savior’s birth.
L: Our Lord Emmanuel. Our Lord King of Kings. Our Lord the Savior. Our Lord Fighter for the Least, the Last and the Lonely. Our Lord full of Love, Mercy and Grace.
E: Evergreens. I fragrant symbol of Christmas. They stay green just like God’s unchanging, everlasting love and grace stays with us. Every day. All year long. Our entire lives. 1510 is the first written record of a Christmas tree. It was decorated with roses, danced around and then set ablaze. Thank goodness some things change.
H: Heavenly riches. ‘Tis the season for wish lists. A lot of sentences spoken where “I want” are the first two words. There’s nothing wrong with wanting things as long as we don’t ever put our earthly possessions before God and our responsibilities as Christians. But while wanting toys, dolls, balls, games and books, it’s the heavenly riches that should be in the forefront of our hearts. If our hearts are truly hearts of Jesus and our hearts were to make a wish list for Christmas, the list would be: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
E: Eve of Christmas. Yes, it’s only the fifth of December, but you know how time flies. It’ll be here before you know it. We start singing more loudly. Our hearts pump joyously in anticipation of the birth of the magnificent and humble light that we call Jesus.
M: Many blessings. We are blessed, aren’t we? It’s easy to take all the things we have for granted. It’s easy not to appreciate that we have so much more than far too many. I pray tonight that you girls have a Merry Christmas, but that the least, the last and the lonely are able to find a sliver of joy so they too can feel merry and bright.
Have a wonderful day and be sure to stop and thank God for all that we have because let’s be honest…we have much more than we need.
Merry Christmas, girls! We love you!
Cookie (Yep, I’m back and coming back again and again!), Poinsettia and Knuckle