Countdown To Christmas

Good morning!

Only 48 days until Christmas!
It seems to arrive earlier each year. Or at least the advertising and decorations and shopping does. The orange and black of Halloween isn’t even off the shelves yet and the red and green of Christmas is in full color.

I do love Christmas! ♡  The holiday get togethers.  The festive holiday food and drinks. The giving spirit from all to those less fortunate.  The celebration of the birth of Jesus. The wonder of Christmas for kids.

How do you intend to spend the next 48 days?

Any different than any other day?

I’ve already filled my Operation Christmas Child shoebox and committed to my John 3:16 donation. I intend to participate in as many causes to help those less fortunate as I can. A midnight Christmas Eve service is always a favorite. And you’ll see me kick off the Christmas season at Philbrook’s Garden Glow on November 21st as they turn on their Christmas lights. I do love looking at all the festive Christmas lights around our city.

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The countdown is on. There’s decorating and baking and Christmas cards and shopping and holiday parties to attend and holiday lights to view.

Can you imagine the excitement the three wise men felt as they followed the Christmas light of all lights, the star lighting the way to the Christ child? And then witnessing Him live and in person!

There is nothing that outshines the lights of Christmas greater than Christ Jesus, the light of the world. A star may have led the wise men to Him, but He is our spiritual North star, as defined by Websters, the principle performer. He is our constant.

Let’s too be wise. Let’s follow the example of the three wise men. Let’s look to the sky in awe during the Christmas season. Let’s not just gaze at the lights on the ground or in the trees or outlining structures. Let’s follow the star to the manger. Then fall down and worship Him. Let the countdown begin! 🙂

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from  the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born  king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:  “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”  Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their  treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and  frankincense and myrrh. And being warned  in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Matthew 2:1-12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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