Two Ways to Exalt Christ This Christmas

During Christmas, we exalt all kinds of things, special people, favorite traditions, gift-giving, decorating, partying… my attention is often centered on creating the Perfect Holiday.There have been times when the doing of Christmas has over-shadowed the reason for the season. On some level, I have often elevated the secular over the sacred. Faced with news that could have been overwelming, Mary chose to trust God with a heart quick to rejoice. When we rejoice and praise God, faith is stirred up as we put our attention on God—His strength, presence, and faithfulness.

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One of the Family

Isn’t it great to be one of the family? There is a feeling of security when you know you belong . When you are part of the family, you know where you live…duh. You have a key to the door and you come right on in whenever you want to, because you live there. Right? When you are part of the family, you can help yourself to whatever is in the refrigerator (unless of course, your mom has but an “Eat this and you will Die!” note on the banana pudding. When you are one of the family, you can snuggle up on the couch and put your feet on the coffee table. You can relax because you know you belong. You know you are supposed to live there. You are loved and accepted, even if you are having a bad day and are feeling a little testy.

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