God’s promise of a future and a hope beyond your difficulty

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Olive tree in the Garden of Gethsemane, perhaps witnessing the tears of the Messiah the night He sweated drops of blood and cried out to the Lord, Luke 22:44. Yet, there’s the hope of the tree of life.

We are approaching a season that can be filled with great joy. The season can be a refocusing upon what is important.

The season can also be a time of great busyness as we get caught up in the shopping, cooking, partying, and “shoulds” of expectations.

For some, the season can be a time of remorse as we see the happiness of others and feel that we are not as fortunate as others.

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The forever gift of Christmas … Jesus

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1, 14

God, Creator of the Universe, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace chose to enter this world through the womb of a poor teenage girl, breathe in the smell of hay and sheep, look into the eyes of shepherds and feel the rough hands of a carpenter who would take Him out of the promised land into Egypt for a season, return Him to Nazareth, and disappear from His narration.

Jesus became a man … forever … to live with us, to teach us, to heal us, to save us, to dwell with us … forever.

May the you have the strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:18-19

Merry Christmas!

Love Eternal gives life eternal … Christmas as a verb

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The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Glory, grace, and truth … we wondered.
Love Eternal beckoned us, “Follow Me.”
His body broken; His blood shed … our debt He paid.
Death, He conquered; Life Eternal He gave.
All who call on His name are saved.

May the full meaning of Christmas capture your passion.
May streams of His lovingkindness pour from you onto others.

My prayer for you:

Father, thank You for giving Your all for us. Your gift is the ultimate gift of love. Empower us to understand the depth of Your gift, and beckon us to unwrap all of the gift and receive it fully in our lives. Thank You for the true gift of life!