Mary Ann Blackburn: Is your heart ready for Christmas? I was talking to a friend and she was telling me about an advent devotion she was reading and how she felt like not only was the shopping and decorating done but she was ready to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Most of us love the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season but it may be the worst for us getting ready spiritually for the celebration of Jesus. Some years I am sure I sat with almost vacant eyes listening to the Christmas message because I had done so much to get ready with Children’s Musicals and shopping/wrapping and delivering gifts for 100 kids that our church sponsored each year from a school in our area with lots of kids in need that by the time I got to the service I was completely spent. That is not how I want to go into Christmas this year what about you?
This will not happen by accident you will have to be intentional in preparing your heart before the one who gave His only Son for us. Would you take time to pray and seek God even before you set out to make a plan of how to prepare yourself? Psalms 57:7 says” My heart is ready, O God my heart is ready, And I will sing! Yes I will sing praise! Wake up my glory!.” That is how I want to come into church on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning to come expecting and excited to hear The Word and praise our Wonderful Lord in celebration of the gift He gave. Before I can be ready I need to spend some time in prayer and confession if my heart is still full of un-confessed sin I will not have room to fill that space with praise and worship to the Lord. My mind can’t be so filled up with the movie from last night or the plans for this afternoon that I can’t concentrate on the message. In Genesis God had Moses prepare the people for two days before they came to the foot of the mountain to see God what if we even spent half that time getting ready to come to God’s house?
Some of you have had a tough year I know mine has seemed mostly uphill. Yet I do not want to miss the real joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus this year, we can do as Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all you who are troubled and weighted down with care and I will give you rest.” I pray you will have a great Christmas and that you will slow down enough to be ready to truly open your heart to celebrate what really matters this gift God gave us His very own Son! I can’t fail to mention that this is taught to our children by our example so talk to your kids about the real meaning of Christmas read the Bible as a family share Luke at least chapter 2. Merry Christmas!
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