Dec 10, 2012
Christmas can be a time when our worship of Christ deepens, our faith in Him strengthens, our joy in Him increases.
But too often this is squashed by Christmas busyness.
But think about it –
- Could this Christmas be your most meaningful ever?
- Might it be a time when you behold Jesus Christ like never before?
- Might God have a special way He wants to encourage you this Christmas?
Yes, yes, and yes.
But that probably won’t happen without some effort. Some planning.
So here are –
Take time to pray over Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah, asking the Father to help you see what He has done in sending the Messiah. Consider Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 11:1-9, and Micah 5:2.
Be careful about overscheduling. You will have more demands on your time in the next few weeks than usual. So be careful not to take on too much.
Take time to pray over the Christmas story in Matthew 1:18 – 2:23, and Luke 1:5 – 2:21. Ask the Father to open your eyes to see the glory of Jesus’ birth (Psa 119:18). Read slowly. Linger. Be there. Worship.
Use Christmas as a time to advance the Gospel with neighbors and work associates. Organize a neighborhood Christmas party. Take cookies to neighbors. Invite them over. Take people to Bethlehem re-enactments or special Christmas services.
Worship with Handel’s The Messiah. Here’s a $1.99 MP3 version on Amazon that I’ve enjoyed.
Offer to read the Christmas story at family gatherings.
Read this blog post from Sojourn Fellowship on “Celebrating The Waiting: Why Advent Still Matters.”
Use these suggestions for family devotions during the Christmas season.
And one more –
“O Holy Night” is a powerful Christmas worship song, and below I am posting a version I found on YouTube.
Let this song bring you to your knees at the manger (and let me know how it impacts you) –
How did this impact you?
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And here are some related posts you might find helpful –
How To Sing Lyrics You Aren’t Feeling (“Lay Me Down” worship song)
What God Promises When I Have Too Much To Do
What To Do When You're Not Feeling Worshipful (Worship In Spirit)
How Can I Worship God? (with video of "Jesus Messiah")