Whew, is the time going as fast for you as it is for me? My blog has a few cobwebs from being neglected for several days. I have stories to tell and pictures to show, but I have been extremely busy or at least it seems like the days are going by so fast that I think I must have been busy. While we were getting the tree set up today, David and I were commenting on how it just seemed like we had put it away. The years are starting to run together now and time is speeding up. I don’t know if God is winding the world down and getting ready to send His Son, but it seems something is happening.
I have noticed a strange, but lovely glow lately. I got up the other morning and rays of light were streaming in the upstairs windows. Not your ordinary streams of light. Very different. I went downstairs and the same thing was happening there. I just stared at it and thought to myself, God is getting ready for something.
As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth I have a fear that there are too many who don’t believe Jesus is God’s Son and that He was sent here specifically to die for all mankind as a human sacrifice for all our sins. He really lived on earth and talked about His Father in heaven and taught us how we should love one another. But, did you know Jesus talked about hell more than he talked about heaven? He does not want one person to go there, but sadly, many will. And it won’t be anyone’s fault but their own. God does not send anyone to hell, they send themselves. I know this is deep stuff for the Christmas season, but it makes me think of why Jesus came to earth as a tiny baby in a manger over two thousand years ago and though after He became an adult, He only preached and taught for three years, He made such a huge impact on the world that He is still touching people’s lives today. No man who has lived before or since has made such a difference to the world.
As we prepare to celebrate His birth, put aside the presents, the tree, the lights, the sometimes goofy Christmas movies and think about this man whose life has touched us all in some way. He even touches atheists lives because they spend so much of their time denying Him and trying to get Him out of the public arena. Funny that. To try to get a man’s name removed that they don’t even believe in. Jesus did live on earth. Many witnesses attested to that fact. Many saw His cruel death on the cross and then the empty tomb. No one ever saw His grave because you know what? There isn’t any. He rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of his Father in heaven. One day, and it could be very soon or it could be a thousand years from now,(since a day is like a thousand years to God) He will return and take those of us who believe in Him to Heaven to live with Him forever. Because of God’s timing, Jesus has only been back in Heaven for two days so it may be a few more of His days before He returns.
I am thankful God sent His only Son just for us because He loves us so much. You, me, everybody. I love the Christmas season just because of that. If it weren’t for Jesus, it would be an empty holiday for me. Some say, well, Jesus was probably born in the Springtime. Perhaps, but December 25 is when Christians have chosen to celebrate His birth and I can accept that. Some have made a mockery of the holiday. Some think it’s just about presents. But it is much more important than that. Giving gifts is fun and represents the greatest gift God gave us all. But if next year, I did not get one gift or could not buy one gift for another, I would still celebrate Christmas for its true meaning. Some say it’s a pagan holiday. Perhaps at one time it was. Some still treat it as such, but for Christians around the world it is a holy day. One to remember the greatest gift of all.
I will soon be sharing a Christmas story from when I was a girl in the fifties. Christmas has always been special to me and always will be. A light shines at this time of year that doesn’t shine at other times. Enjoy it for what it is. A special time for family and friends. A time to remember loved ones with whom you shared Christmases past. A time of joy for those who truly believe. Peace, love, joy and Merry Christmas. Bye.