“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV
It’s Christmas Eve.
No matter what your day looks like or feels like today or tomorrow, I pray for you to have a moment of rapturous joy as a redeemed child of God.
The great orator of a century past says it so beautifully:
We esteem every day alike, but still, as the season suggests thoughts of Jesus, let us joyfully remember our dear Redeemer’s glorious birth.
Who but He was ever longed for by such a multitude of hearts?
When did angels indulge in midnight songs, or did God hang a new star in the sky?
To whose, cradle did rich and poor make so willing a pilgrimage, and offer such hearty and unsought oblations?
Well, may earth rejoice; well may all men cease their labor to celebrate “the great birthday” of Jesus.
Let gladness rule the hour; let the holy song and sweet heart music accompany our soul in the raptures of joy.
– Charles Spurgeon
Love, hugs and many blessings from the Grasso’s this Christmas!
“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”Isaiah 7:14 NLT
“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”Philippians 4:11 NIV
“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit and to all kinds of people!”
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG
As gift-buying is in full swing, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give to others this year that you don’t have to buy.
Gifts unique to you and that are meant to be given.
God has given you the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, and the driving passion of your heart. He has given you spiritual gifts to bless others with. When you do, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.
It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, that is what they are for.
What gifts has God given you?
How are you going to use them to bless someone today?
Christmas is about a relationship.
Not a religion.
Every breath, every step, every person Jesus talked to, touched, healed and gave hope to was about relationship.
Renewing your relationship with God.
Jesus was born for this.
It is the same today.
Jesus has made Himself available to you every moment of every day not so that He can control you but so He can love you.
So He can restore and renew you.
Jesus is a gift to be opened and experienced every day.