We are celebrating the first day of Christmas holidays in our home today. It's not as extravagant as it sounds, we are cleaning up rooms and the toys scattered around the basement, to make room for building forts, mattresses to sleep on...and maybe for a few fun, new things to fill the space ;)
The Christmas carol goes, "let every heart prepare him room." Although we aren't tidying up our hearts to make room for more stuff, it's like a stepping back, away from the all the things, to set our minds and our hearts on truth.
The humble coming of our Savior invites us to bend our knees in humility.
The confession of the angels about who he is, points us to the truth of who we are - image bearers with a sinful nature.
The arrival of shepherds and wise men to worship the Christ-child opens our eyes to how God draws people from all nations, tribes, and tongues, the rich, the poor, the powerful and powerless. His good news is for everyone.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King,
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.
This week on the blog:
Here are a few articles from around the blogging world this week, hope you enjoy!
"As the image of fruitcake lingers in my mind, I’m reminded that living the gospel is the way to make the most of the last fourteen days of this year, and just as lovely, the best way to begin 2021."
"Weeds grow quickly and aggressively. They take over and suck the nourishment from the healthy plants, eventually overtaking and killing them if not removed." Encouragement from my friend Mariel, to pluck these weeds with the Word.
Here's an article about mission work along Canada's east coast, let's remember to pray, and to learn, as we look into our own communities this season.
"Broken and bruised by the weight of this year, come. With nothing to offer but ourselves, come."
"It turns out, broken hearts prepare for Christmas the same way all hearts do."
"Just when I thought I had my pride in check, I’m lured and enticed by my own evil desire." A humbling, and timely reminder.