It can be hard focusing on Jesus during Christmas. Who am I kidding, it can be hard to keep our focus on anything but ourselves on most days. Do you know why I know this? On Thanksgiving day, when we had all filled our plates so full we would need to repent, we ate all that craziness and…forgot to bless the food. I can’t remember when we last forgot to bless our food as a family. I mean, for the love of Pete, where was mine and Lary’s mind at? Where were our hearts? It was Thanksgiving! When I realized we had forgotten, I was heart-sick. Disappointed.
Lary gently reminded me that God knows our hearts. It isn’t about our words, it is about everyday actions. I still repented about fifteen times that day, but I know he is right. Jesus came to offer us grace. Grace for this girl can sometimes be hard to grasp. You know, the simplicity of it. How it’s unearned and freely given.
This month I have been following along with the Christmas Scripture Writing Plan . I am praying that starting each day with scriptures that speak of Jesus and his arrival will keep this wandering mind focused on more than what I need to do next. You want to join me?
The scripture writing plan is new for me this year but there are other traditions that I try to hang on to that speak Christmas to me. Do you have activities and traditions that help you stay focused on Jesus and less on your next step?
One of mine is watching Christmas shows on t.v.. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) is one of my favorites, “How could it be so? It came without ribbons!… it came without tags!… it came without packages, boxes, or bags! He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!”
Isaiah records a beautiful calling statement for our Savior – Jesus Christ. It reminds us of that “little bit more”.
Soak in each wonderful, promising word.