Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Do You Dread December 26?


Photo by Stephen Poff (Flickr)
December 26 is one of my least favorite days of the year.

It has less to do with saying good-bye to the most wonderful season of all, and more to do with how I live the weeks leading up to Christmas Day.

It shames me to say that my focus for the season hasn’t been as much on Christ as it has been on my desperate need to have the warm and fuzzy Christmases that Hallmark movies depict. Perhaps I’m constantly trying to compensate for past Christmases, especially those without my children.

Ultimately I’ve become so emotionally driven, that every year, I claw desperately for that perfect Christmas – totally making me and my needs the reason (or at least my focus) for the season.

It’s not like I didn’t know I was doing this year after year. In fact, I repent every December 26. But I seemed to be at a lost on how to move beyond my hurt-filled past

What about you? Would you also like to make this Christmas season a better one? Maybe meditating on and applying Matthew 2:11 will help us.

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (NASB).

During the remainder of this holy season, let’s worship Him by reflecting on Who He is and thanking Him for coming over 2,000 years ago – and for remaining with us since.

We can also ask God to show us what gifts we can present to Him, such as an unforgiving heart or a dispiriting attitude. Perhaps if we choose to trust (and rest) in His sovereignty regarding our past, it’ll be easier to give Him our todays.

In addition, let’s seek ways to serve and give. By allowing God to use us in our communities, we defeat self-focused behavior.

In so doing, we’ll represent Emmanuel, proving that God is very much with us – and very worthy of our focus.

(I want to thank Jennifer Ashford Kirkes (my inspiration for this week’s column) for posting her thoughts on Facebook, December 5, on this subject. It would be worth your while to read it.)
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8 comments:

  1. Well written post, Sheryl. It blessed me so much. Merry CHRISTmas!:)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Your Facebook post blessed me as well! And a very blessed, meaningful CHRISTmas to you! (I'm going to start using "CHRISTmas," too!)

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  2. Beautifully expressed and written, Sheryl!

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  3. "By allowing God to use us in our communities, we defeat self-focused behavior.

    In so doing, we’ll represent Emmanuel, proving that God is very much with us – and very worthy of our focus." :)

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    1. Thank you for reading my post, Liv. I also liked that section the most. In fact, I'm am already experiencing a better season because of my focusing on God! I hope you are having a meaningful CHRISTmas season as well, Liv.

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  4. I have heard that Jesus was several years old when the wise men arrived. They didn't arrive at the manger but at His house. When reading your account Sheryl, I couldn't help but wonder what Jesus thought when He was presented those gifts and the wise men bowed down and worshipped Him. I know Jesus was humble and not puffed up with pride, but I would so love to have seen His face and observed all His actions. I cannot even begin to imagine what He must have been like. God, the creator of all things, who created man and breathed life into him, humbled Himself and came to earth to offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins so that we could have fellowship with God and become joint heirs with Jesus. We serve an amazing God.

    After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (NASB).

    "During the remainder of this holy season, let’s worship Him by reflecting on Who He is and thanking Him for coming over 2,000 years ago – and for remaining with us since.

    We can also ask God to show us what gifts we can present to Him,"

    Those are excellent suggestions Sheryl. I will do that.



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    1. Thank you, Barbara. I always look forward to your comments. I, too, find it hard to imagine (or comprehend) what it was like for Jesus to leave His perfect existence to come to earth - especially in such a humble manner. And ALL because of His love for us!

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