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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 23: Hollow Day

The needles of the CHRISTMAS tree are beginning to cover the floor.

The ornaments are ready to fall off of the now weakened branches.

The outside garland & bows are beginning to droop

The shelves at the store are emptying as they make room for valentines day.

The Hallmark Christmas specials are way too predictable.

Only 2 Days until CHRISTMAS

&

what if you don't feel like falalalalal-ing?

Are you feeling CHRISTMAS or is feeling like a HOLLOW~Day?

This morning I feel "HOLLOW" & am thinking what is wrong with me,

because I am not “feeling” CHRISTMAS.

I can't conjure up the feelings of CHRISTMAS~

the excitement as a child waiting to see what Santa is going to bring.

That childlike CHRISTMAS spirit

of great anticipation & great expectation

leading to joy as soon as I see the gifts.

But as an adult, just because I no longer wait for Santa to come,

does that mean I no longer have great anticipation & great expectation?

It all depends on where I am putting my

HOPE.

My HOPE is not in what is seen, not in what present I am going to buy or receive,

or whether I get everything I need to get done for one day.

My HOPE is not in a day.

My JOY returns this morning as

I look at the star on the stable that leads me to the sleeping

BABY IN THE MANGER~

Who is my HOPE.

The ONE who takes the “HOLLOW” out of this moment

&

this CHRISTMAS season.

I may be tired of trying to "feel" CHRISTMAS,

but that doesn’t mean I am tired of

JESUS,

the ONE who my eyes need to be fixed on

JESUS,

who has transformed this heart of mine into the heart of a child~

a child filled with great anticipation & expectation for all who

THE CHRISTMAS BABY is.

HE is the GIFT I open

today, tomorrow and the day after that.

THE BABY

who takes the HOLLOW out of my every day.

My JOY has returned as my heart is filled with

THE REASON for the Season,

because

JESUS is the only Gift of CHRISTMAS.

Are you tired of Christmas? Is it a just a "Hollow" Day?

May your today & tomorrows

be filled with the

HOPE & PEACE & JOY

because of the

BIRTH of

THE CHRIST CHILD

because

"THIS IS CHRISTMAS" (listen to the song below)


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