Posted by: pastordarren | December 24, 2009

A Christmas Invitation and Blessing

I wanted to take a few minutes and offer you this simple Christmas invitation and blessing.  As we continue to wait this holy night, we are invited to place behind us the concerns of our life, shopping, presents, family and friends, decorations and the many other things that can make up this time of year.  Too infrequently, do we really stop and really try and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Remember the stable was plain, dirty and quiet, the visitors were kings from the east, but were also shepherds from the fields, Jesus received gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but was also wrapped in simple blankets and laid in a manger filled with hay.

 The words of a Christmas hymn read –

 O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him.

Christ the Lord.

I invite you to come to the stable, just as you are, smell the smells and hear the sounds of the animals, feel the hay under your feet, see the baby Jesus laying in the manger filled with hay and the young mother and father sitting nearby.  Bring everything you have as a gift to the Christ child and simply adore Him.  Worship the Baby who is God and King who left the glories of Heaven for the simple life on earth.  Adore the child who would grow to die on the cross to reconcile us with God.

I invite you to set aside the traditions of our contemporary culture, and relive the birth of the savior.  A simple birth that changed the course of history.  God entered the world through a tiny baby, Immanuel – God with us, and things have never been the same.  Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the baby Jesus.  Prepare your heart.  Take time to receive the blessing that is Immanuel and let Him change your life forever.  Amen.

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