All over the world, Christians young and old love Christmas. There is a unique wonder to Christmas that no other time of the year can equal. It is like magic that captivates everyone’s heart.
During Christmas season, as snow piles up in most parts of the globe and temperatures go down below zero making lakes freeze, an entirely different thing happens to the hearts of people – they melt, acquiescing to the love that is felt in the air – everywhere. People find enough love to forgive, enough compassion to give, and hearts overflow with thanksgiving to the Author and Reason of it all – Jesus Christ.
People sing carols declaring the love, peace, joy, and salvation the Savior brings. Estranged people reconcile, families reunite – there are celebrations in every heart and home. This is the love, joy and peace of God! But we don’t have to be stingy on ourselves and wait for another year to live the wonder of Christmas.
Loving, making peace, giving, thanksgiving, and rejoicing – the things that happen at Christmastime – are things that the Lord wanted and intended for us to practice every single day, not just on a specific, short time of the year.
So, how do we live the practice of Christmas everyday?
“O, Come Let Us Adore Him!”
This is a classic Christmas carol but do we come and adore Him only on Christmas? Nay. We come and adore Him when we wake up in the morning and before we lay ourselves down again to sleep at night! Everyday, we come to worship Him, singing songs of praise that come from grateful and adoring hearts. Let us purpose in our hearts to live in His constant presence.
I have a beautiful Christmas stationery with “O, Come Let Us Adore Him!” embossed in red foil at the top, but I use it all-year round!
“The Weary World Rejoices!”
The Bible tells us in Phil. 4:4 to “rejoice in the Lord always”. Yes, not only on Christmas season but always. We rejoice because we received the salvation of our souls and He is coming again to take us to Himself so that we will be together with Him through eternity.
We can rejoice in the Lord by turning ordinary days into simple celebrations of His goodness and faithfulness – thanking Him for His grace, tending to our homes with joy, gathering around the dining table with family, food, stories, and laughter and just creating precious moments, enriching our spiritual lives by spending quiet time with the Lord, immersing ourselves in His Word, writing on our journal, or reading a good book, etc. The essence is that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).
- Give Love [not only on Christmas Day]
We can show love and give love not only by giving prettily-wrapped presents but by visiting and praying for the sick, by sharing the Gospel to a loved one, a friend, or a co-worker, by donating to send a poor child to school, or by sending a lovely card with your handwritten message of love, care and best wishes to someone who is lonely… There are a myriad ways we can preserve the spirit of Christmas in our lives! We only need to keep the love and inspiration from the Lord ablaze in our hearts.
A few years ago, my elderly neighbor and I have begun a tradition of exchanging gifts throughout the year. I give her of my home cooked muffins and cakes, homemade ice cream, and some other stuff for her home, and she gives me bunches of lovely and fragrant flowers, bread and pastries, and all kinds of stuff for the kids. Sometimes, I can only give her a handwritten thank-you note from my stash of pretty cards :).
“Deck the Halls!”
The Christmas tree and all the other beautiful Christmas decors have been put away in boxes ’til next December, but our homes need not be stripped of loveliness. Take joy in making our homes places where God’s beauty is seen and felt. Home-cooked goodness, fresh flowers in a vase, uplifting praise music, kids’ artworks on the walls, lighted fragrant candles, frames of joy-filled moments…the possibilities are endless! Just draw from that well of inspiration and creativity that we, homemakers, have been gifted with!
“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!
With God as our Father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!
~ Written by Sy Miller and Bill Jackson
Live each moment in peace eternally! What a beautiful song! Need I say more?
Linked to Titus 2sday, Domestically Divine, We Are That Family, Women Living Well, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Raising Homemakers, Walk With Him Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sundays, Sharing His Beauty