I love Christmas surprises; the simple pleasures that make me stop and think “That person really cares.” Twice today I received such a surprise. Once, when a package arrived from friends on the east coast delivering a lovely gift I was not expecting. Secondly, I received a Christmas card from a long-time friend whom I lost touch with a few years ago. She moved and was so thoughtful to connect again and share her new address! Unexpected surprises are wonderful!
I decided to shuffle things around a bit today and surprise Jesus by showing up mid-day and surprise Him with a pinch of quality time despite my hectic schedule. The middle of the day is so busy, especially at Christmastime. There are cards to address, cookies to bake, decorations to hang and people to meet with and encourage. These are all good but even good things that have value need to be placed in perspective. I’ve read many blog posts and devotionals that target getting our priorities right in December. My guess is that everybody battles the stress of getting ready for Christmas just like me, checking off the long list of stuff that must get done.
I discovered that my mid afternoon pause for coffee with Jesus is a relaxing antidote for a tense, active day. I’m not forgetting the reason for Christmas. After all, it is His birthday we celebrate. John’s gospel, Chapter One, says:
14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
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