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Day 1: Unwrapped

Happy DECEMBER 1~

DAY ONE of preparing our hearts for the

BIRTH OF THE BABY!

CHRISTMAS is calling.

ADVENT~

"a coming into place, view, or being; arrival" (dictionary.com)

ADVENT

A New Thing

A Dynamic Thing

A Crazy Amazing Thing

ADVENT

A New Birth~

A BABY!

As I asked GOD~

WHO IS THIS BABY",

through ADVENT,

HE answered

just as HE still does

as I haven't stopped writing to

HIM

every morning

when HE greets me like it is

CHRISTMAS morning.

Oh the ANTICIPATION.

Oh the EXPECTATION.

Oh the JOY of what is to come

that brings me back to

when I was a child

whose

ANTICIPATION & EXPECTATION

was so overwhelming

as I waited for

CHRISTMAS Morning

to see what Santa was to bring me.

I had great HOPE in Santa

because I knew he always shows up

on CHRISTMAS morning.

Now that same

ANTICIPATION & EXPECTATION

fills me as a grown up child,

but not for Santa

but for the

BIRTH of THE BABY

that changed my life~

the day HE was BIRTHED in my heart.

Oh how I do not want JESUS to be buried

amongst the tinsel & bows,

because HE isn't about a day or a season.

What difference does the BIRTH OF A BABY make in your life?

Does HE keep giving on THE DAY AFTER December 25?

Let's fast forward to December 26

when there are 364 shopping days left until Christmas~

THE DAY AFTER!

What do you see? What do you feel? Are you happy it's all over on THE DAY AFTER?

Think about it..

THE DAY AFTER any big day.

THE DAY AFTER the vacation.

THE DAY AFTER the great news.

THE DAY AFTER the _________.

THE DAY AFTER!

Now what?

What difference does the Birth of THE BABY make in your life?

Does HE keep giving on THE DAY AFTER?

Look again at the picture above of December 26th and re-read the caption~

“DID YOU EVER NOTICE HOW ALL THE PRESENTS

ARE FAR MORE INTERESTING BEFORE YOU UNWRAP THEM?

The let down, The emptiness.

The SOMETHING IS MISSING or are you MISSING SOMETHING?

Why is that?

First of all, so much of the focus has all been wrapped up in the preparations beforehand~

the shopping and the decorations~

which have the power to dim out the light.

But mostly it is in the unwrapping of the things which

we believe will bring us

HOPE & PEACE & JOY.

But when it is all said and done something is missing.

On DECEMBER 26th, is there one unopened package under your tree?

Look at the cartoon again.

On the left side is a light where a little package remains in simple wrapping~

no bells and whistles,

untouched, ignored, missed,

just buried beneath the tinsel and the thistles. Yet

THE GIFT wrapped with PROMISES

which have the power to change

December 26 & the Days after that.

What is the one and only gift that delivers on all its promises?

It is all wrapped up in

THE CHRISTMAS STORY~

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a SAVIOR

who is CHRIST the LORD" (Luke 2:8-14)

CHRISTMAS is not about a day, or a season

as it continues beyond

December 25

&

THE DAY AFTER

&

THE DAY AFTER THAT

&

THE DAY AFTER THAT...

Because it is all about

THE BIRTH OF A BABY

in your life.

THIS BABY is THE GIFT that unwraps a

NEW HOPE,

NEW PEACE,

&

NEW JOY,

into your soul.

This GIFT that keeps giving as

One Size Fits ALL~

ALL people,

EVERY circumstance,

EVERY emotion!

ALL of us~

who have such different stories,

yet ALL are offered the same GIFT.

Have you missed THE BABY?

Have you unwrapped THE BABY and are being wrapped in it?

Or

Have you opened this GIFT, but have put HIM away for a bit

and forgot about HIM?

Or

Have you heard about the GIFT,

yet don't know if your really opened it or not?

Or

Have you not felt a need for this Gift?

What difference has

BABY JESUS~

the main character of the Christmas Story, made in your life?

Are you ready to

UNWRAP THE BABY

who came from

RICHES

to be swaddled in our

RAGS

so that

HE

could clothe us all in

HIS RICHES

because

HE is

"THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS" (listen to the song below)




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