32. Christmas 2011

I had another devotion planned for this week, but the Lord intervened. He took me back a year ago to the devotion I wrote on Christmas 2010 and He told me He wanted me to post it again as He wanted this message to get across to you again. So here it is, may it be a blessing to you as it was to me.

What a wonderful time of year! How wonderful to be with your family, be together and celebrate the birth of our Savior. The Lord is so amazing and it is such a great time to simply experience His love and goodness. Whether the timing of our Savior's birth is in December or not, it doesn't really matter, the essence of the matter is that the Lord came to be with us and join us to bring us the Light. It is a time to be with your family and friends and rekindle the love  with one another and with the Lord.

But last week I went to my hairdresser and while they were washing may hair I overheard a conversation between the hairdresser and some of the ladies in the shop. They were discussing the fact that they hate Christmas and this time of year. Some of them even said that if they could sleep through Christmas it would suit them very well. They were not Christians and this whole festive time reminded them of all the sad times in their life. They were either lonely or they hated their family. It was so sad to hear.

And I realized that there were probably millions around the world that hated Christmas too, because they were either lonely, sick, hated their family, felt misunderstood, was too poor to buy gifts for their children, had to work or whatever the case may be. It is actually a very sad time. A sad time because they look at Christmas from a human point of view. They look at Christmas as only a human can, they look at Christmas and see only the failure around them. Failure of the human race.

Christmas is not about the gifts, Christmas is not about how popular you are and how many sms's you receive, it is not about receiving. It is about Jesus. Think about it for a moment, sit still and truly focus in on Him. Christmas is a time to experience His intense love for us. Even if you are alone, Christ is there with you and the greatest gift of all is to experience Him.

Breathe in deeply….breathe out….breathe in….breathe out. He is in the breath, He is in every moment. Close your eyes and imagine Him unfolding His arms around you and giving you a tight hug, because I promise you that is what He wants to do. He wants to be close to you. He wants to be with you. Invite Him in, He would love to have Christmas dinner with you.

He wants each of you to use this Christmas weekend and know that He loves you abundantly. He loves you as much as He did the day He decided to come to the earth and save you from the bondage of sin. And He wants you to bathe in His love this weekend. See His love everywhere. Enjoy the time with the loved ones He gave you. See Him in their eyes. Tell them how much you love them and how much you care for them. Give them an extra hug and experience the love of the Lord. He wants to shower your Christmas time together with His amazing presence. Feel the air around you; it is going to be full of Him.

We love You Lord, You are our everything. Thank you for the gift of Christmas, thank you for being there and for loving us. You are amazing. Amen

1 comment for “32. Christmas 2011”

  1. Gravatar of LouinaLouina
    Posted Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 9:03:06 AM

    Thank you Ilze for this message. I will be looking for His love in everyone at our Christmas dinner table!

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