It’s December. And I’m exhausted. Aren’t you? School started only three months ago. Then there was that short, but crazy holiday-thing we call Halloween. That was followed by all the baking and eating! of Thanksgiving. And then December hit and it has been a mad rush to get all the Christmas gifts bought, wrapped, and shipped, the decorations up, and another family feast planned. Plus I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but I can’t quite put my finger on it… Christmas cards!!! I forgot to mail the Christmas cards!
So here I sit tonight at my keyboard a little tired, a little frazzled, and a little disappointed in myself…again…because even though I know what the Christmas season is about, I have gotten all caught up in the things the world has made it out to be. And while the gift giving and receiving, the holiday parties, the family get-togethers, and the food can all be wonderful they should never be the center of Christmas.
Christ is the center of Christmas.
He is the reason we celebrate.
Not just during Christmas, but throughout all of our lives. Each day. No matter what time of the year it is, we should never forget why and in what manner Christ came to earth.
So today I’m sharing a post I wrote this time last year for DoNotDepart.com. I hope it encourages and reminds you, as it did for me, to give thanks for all that Christ has done for us and continues to do, simply because He loves us and does not want to be without us.
Only by grace,
What Child is This
What Child is this
Who laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come Peasant, King to own Him
The King of Kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
This Child is the Word
What Child is this? This is the Child who is also called the Word. This child, this Word was in the beginning, and this Word was with God, and this Word was God (John 1:1). This Child is the Word who took on flesh, who dwelt among us, and revealed His glory (John 1:14).
What Child is this? This Child is fully God. And though fully God, He humbly chose to leave His Father in heaven and became fully human for our sakes.
This Child was Shunned
What Child is this? A child shunned from before even His birth. [Continue reading here.]
And now for the final #QuietlyThroughThursday LinkUp of 2017. So many of you have been coming back to share your wonderful posts. I am so thankful and encouraged by you. I hope you have been blessed too and been able to connect with others through this small community.
This link-up is live every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month by 6 AM PST. It has been created for those reading Quietly Through their Bibles to share what they are learning. However, any faith-based post is welcome.