Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Number 3 of 7 Musings on Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany


KIDS LOVE CHRISTMAS. The mind-numbing anticipation mounts daily as dreams of what they long for become ever more vivid in their heads. All they want for Christmas is – everything! Now!

For some, wondering what gifts will appear leads to irrepressible snooping. Like little Sherlocks, they investigate every nook and cranny of the house – basement, attic, garage, crawl space, shed, closets, and cupboards. Sometimes, finding gifts but stymied by the wrapping, they slyly peel off tape, untie ribbons, take a peek, carefully rewrap, and feign surprise on Christmas day. But the joy of having what they’ve desired is real and unrestrained.

While parents aren’t pleased by this sleuthing, God loves it when we can’t wait to receive the greatest Gift of all. In fact, if you open His Gift before Christmas – any day of the year – God doesn’t mind and you don’t have to re-wrap it.

Are you antsy with eagerness to receive the gift of Christ into your life, fresh every morning? Do you irrepressibly long for everything God offers?

Advent runs for four weeks: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and culminates on Christmas Eve 12/24.
Christmas Day is celebrated on 12/25, however the 12 days of Christmas extend through 1/6
Epiphany, the 12th day, marks the end of the Christmas season.


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