day on December 25th!!!
I invite you to stop for a minute and think about what Christmas is REALLY all about!!! Think back to the time when there was no hope and no celebration, to the time before Christ was born. Now, think of the great joy, hope and wonderful celebration we share together because of the birth of our blessed Jesus!!! Because of his birth, life, death, and resurrection, we can look forward to the greatest hope of all!
Every year I am reminded of the very heart of Christmas--Emmanuel--God with us! God wants to be involved in the simple, ordinary happenings of our daily lives: where we go--what we do--the smile we give a stranger--the patience we show in the crowd of impatient shoppers--the love that prompts special gifts--the heart that constantly celebrates His birth through every sparkling light, every beautifully wrapped gift, each special meal, every Christmas card, phone call and visit.
Let us all truly celebrate this year. Let's celebrate HIm and His birth in everything we do!! Reach out to the lonely!! Look for Him in the crowd!!! Emmanuel---God with us!