What a great day we had today! We took the kids to see The Polar Express at the IMAX theater. It was fantastic! Even though the weather here has been warm and muggy, we’re really starting to get into the Christmas spirit!
As I was reading through a few advent devotions for today, one really stuck out. (Daily Advent Devotions) Rather than trying to reword it, I’ll just share it with you.
“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.” John 1:6-8 NLT
“WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? “
By Rev. Wayne Palmer
December 16, 2011
Have you ever taken a close look at a manger scene? There are a bunch of figures all gathered together: Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men, perhaps even some sheep, camels and a donkey. Usually they aren’t placed in little groups talking among themselves. Instead, they’re focused on that Baby whose birth brought them all together in that place.
What if you were one of the characters in that manger scene this Christmas? Would you be focused on the Christ Child like the others, or would your attention be somewhere else? Would you be gazing out to the side, staring at the Christmas tree and all the presents lying under it? Would you be scanning the kitchen and dining room thinking about Christmas dinner? Would you be staring into the family room where friends are gathered for a Christmas party?
All those things are great parts of Christmas, but only one thing belongs in the center as the focus of our Christmas celebrations. That is God’s Son, born on Christmas day. The mighty God became one of us and came into our world to share our life, to suffer and die in our place, and to rise to life again to guarantee our eternal future.
His birth brings joy, hope, comfort and peace to all our Christmas celebrations. He is always with us to provide our needs and protect us from all harm until the Last Day when He will come in glory to bring us to our everlasting home.
PRAYER: Son of God, Christmas holds so many distractions. Please focus my mind and heart on Your birth so every part of my Christmas celebration will be more meaningful. Amen.