Christmas holds a variety of traditions and beliefs for everyone. Lifestyle, upbringing, and personal choice is the path that leads to the traditions and beliefs that we hold to our hearts as precious and as truth.
For me one of the traditions that is closer to my heart than I can say is, being with our kids and grandkids. We decided many, many years ago that Christmas time was going to be about staying home with our little family. We had tried to go to both sides of the family (his side one year, my side another year). That didn’t last long. Both of our families are long journeys away. The expense, the tired kids and craziness gobbled up time and the time we could spend with both sides of our families like that was so short! We decided that a great time to visit with extended family when life is not crazy is, other times of the year. That has worked well for us.
Christmas 2018 is only a few weeks away and I can’t hardly believe it as I sit here looking at the calendar thinking another year has slipped by.
I was sitting in my chair looking through music today and was listening to a song I love a lot!!! Lauren Daigle song “First”. The lyrics to this song grip me!!! I love God deeply and can’t even come up with one thing that I could have or could do that would make me worthy of the gift Jesus gave. His crucifixion and resurrection and then to love me enough to offer me to be redeemed from the mess of sin in my life.. it grips me. As I often do when Darwin is watching hockey I went looking for music videos and found this one for the song mentioned above. There were two, this one brought tears to my eyes… I had to watch it again. There was a great reminder in this video that the gift of Christmas in the baby of Jesus didn’t just last for Christmas Day. He grew up and walked a life of much pain, suffering, ridicule, accused of things He didn’t do, yet He kept going. He knew that the life before Him would have to hold the ultimate sacrifice to give us a way to escape the penalty of our sin… His life. Christmas Day is a celebration of family and friends and bright lights and gifts….. but … First, it was the birth of a baby who would grow to be Saviour and Lord. Please don’t forget.
If you follow my blog you know that I don’t hide my faith, I won’t shove it down your throat so if you decide not to read my blogs, that is ok… I will miss you, but won’t be upset with you. If you believe the same things as I do, I hope the following video will grip your heart as it did mine. Thank you to Lauren Daigle for this song and for the love and passion you have about your faith in Jesus. God has used you to bless me today from this song and this video, in a new way.
(Warning, there are parts of this video that are very graphic and could be upsetting to children and some adults.)
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:24 – 28
Hugs n Prayers,