This morning I awoke to bright sunshine and warm weather, typical of Northern California at Christmas time. I decided to take a bike ride through the neighborhood on my way to my favorite cafe, La Tartine, in the next town over.
As I pedaled my bike under a bright blue sky, I marveled at the Christmas decorations at each house-colorful ornaments hanging from tree limbs, dazzling in the sunshine, red and white candy canes lining the driveways and a slew of wire reindeer looking naked without their twinkling lights.
And then it struck me. Many of the houses I passed had huge, inflatable Santas, faced down on the lawn. Why were all the Santas deflated? My mind raced. Did someone pop poor old Santa as a prank? But wait. Frosty the Snowman was down also. I grew more confused. Perhaps, I wondered, they were inflated with air each evening, only to dissipate like a melting snowman come light of day?
Then it dawned on me. We too are like those deflated Santas during Christmastime. We get all pumped up about the tinsel and gifts, the chocolate and peppermints, and the sparkling lights at night. Then we find ourselves depressed, with the air let out of us. Maybe, it’s an unkind word or act of meanness by our boss. Deflate. Or most likely, that hurtful thing said by our dysfunctional family member. Pop. Perhaps, the school kids didn’t like our home baked cookies or even the Costco bought cookies Flattened.
But there is good news! We don’t ever have to be deflated again! God fills us with His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, when we believe in His Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior. He fills our hearts with Joy, Peace, Love, Patience, Kindness and Goodness. And hope. All the things Christmas is supposed to be about.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16.)
Immanuel means “God with us.” Jesus came to earth to dwell with us. He takes up residence in our hearts and promises to never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5-6.) We can ask him to refresh our spirits and He will do so. He will comfort our pain, encourage our discouragement, and shed grace and light on our difficult situation. We never lose His presence in us and He is immediately there when we ask anything of Him.
Do you want His joy, peace and love in your heart? Wouldn’t this be the perfect time to accept God’s free gift of salvation, knowing Jesus came as a baby, just for you, to forgive your sins and reconcile you with God?
Yes? then pray the prayer below:
Dear Jesus: I know I am a sinner and ask you to forgive my sins. I invite you to come dwell in my heart as my Lord and Savior. I want to be filled with your Holy Spirit and know you as my God. Thank you for coming down to earth to save me and for loving me so much. I love you Jesus.
And a special Merry Christmas to all my readers and followers. May you be transformed by the miracle of His birth this season…
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