By Kelly Burnett
In a year of Chaos, one thing remains TRUE - Emmanuel, GOD with us, the JOY of Christmas - is the gift and peace of JESUS. We are wishing all of this for you and your family.
This Christmas I pray you take time to rest in Jesus and find joy and gratitude for all He has done for you this year, in spite of all of the challenges of this unprecedented year. I would love to encourage you to try a new spiritual practice of moving into God’s story as you read the Christmas story. This is a simple way to spend time with God during this season and experience His peace, grace and love for you.
Ask God to give you new insights and imagine what it would have been like to be part of the Christmas story back in those days long ago. Take time this week to slowly read the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2, asking God to give you a fresh perspective. Imagine yourself in the story in each of the key character’s shoes. What can you learn about God and yourself as you ponder how you would respond if you had been there in the time God came to earth as a baby boy? Then consider how His life-giving Word is speaking to your heart in this season of your life? This would be great to do individually or as a family. Let God unfold His love for you in this story into your hearts as you share a special time together in the Word.
Ponder each character with questions, remembering there is no right or wrong way to place yourself in the story; you are just taking time to be with God in His Word. You might consider questions like:
The wisemen from the East were seeking the Lord. They did not fully understand who they were seeking but it did not stop them from doing so. They traveled a long distance and were willing to make sacrifices.
If we are paying attention, we know in our lives, we too are on a journey. What do we seek? Whom do we seek? What sacrifices are we willing to make in our day? Will we set aside a time in our lives to seek God with all of our hearts?
Merry Christmas ~ may the peace of Christ ring true in your life this coming year!
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Spiritual Director, Enneagram Life Coach, Inner Healing Prayer Partner