When the calendar turns over to December, what are your thoughts? "I can't believe Christmas is here again?" "Another year almost over. "I hate Christmas!" "Oh no, it's going to snow soon." "I love Christmas!" "It's so good to go home!" "Do I have to go home again?"
December certainly brings about many different feelings. I've experienced the gamut of feelings at Christmas time through my life. The thing that helps me the most is remembering that I control my feelings and expectations.
"Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man." unknown
"Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, If he's not born in thee thy soul is still forlorn. " Angelus Silesius (1624-1677)
I like this verse from the hymn "All That Thrills My Soul": "Love of Christ so freely given, Grace of God beyond degree, Mercy higher than the heaven, Deeper than the deepest sea!
I was reminded recently of a favorite passage in the Old Testament--the story of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. He was a man of God who sought the Lord for direction, and led as God instructed. (2 Chronicles 20)
The part I read that encourages my heart is: "We do not know what to do but our eyes are upon you" . . . "All the men, with their wives and children and little ones, stood before the Lord." (verse 13)
We have to wait for many things in this life, and God wants us to be filled with joy as we wait. Joy comes in the waiting, and we must keep our eyes on Jesus.
And so it is at Christmas time. Whatever state you find your emotions in as we go through the month of December, keep your eyes upon Jesus. As you go through each day of this special season, stand with the Lord, with your joy in Him, knowing He controls all things and you will find sweet peace to share with others.
Let this December and Christmas be a happy and joyful one.