The celebrations are only beginning

We no longer need to walk in darkness and sin when we follow Jesus.As a child, the Christmas season was the best time of the year. For a few wonderful weeks, anticipation and excitement took over as I dove into celebrations with family and friends.

As an adult, my perspective has changed. I am older with responsibilities and those long ago feelings are now gone.

I sometimes long for the excitement to return, but know that some of those joyous feelings came from receiving gifts.

I now long for feelings of wonder and amazement that come with a deep and true meaning of why I celebrate Christmas.

[biblegateway passage=”John 8:12″ display=”John 8:12″] (NIV)

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Christmas is a time to reflect on God’s love for us. His love that is so great that he gave us a gift – his son Jesus, who willingly left his home in heaven to walk among us.

He chose to live in a fallen world to personally extend an invitation to each of us – to accept him as the light of the world who gives truth, hope and love. We no longer need to walk in darkness and sin when we follow Jesus.

He is our savior.

[biblegateway passage=”John 3:16″ display=”John 3:16″] (NIV)

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.

Christmas is a time of receiving renewed strength by reflecting on all he has done for us and all that he will continue to do in the coming year.

As you ring in the New Year, invite Jesus into your heart. Ask him to give you joy and peace that will stay with you all year long.

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This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
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9 thoughts on “The celebrations are only beginning

  1. Hello Jenny, my Compel sister. Thank you for this lovely reminder. When my children were young, the excitement was all about them. Great reminder to refocus. We should be celebrating His birth everyday! Joining you from #MondayMusings today.

  2. Thank you for this – so encouraging! I love this line: “I now long for feelings of wonder and amazement that come with a deep and true meaning of why I celebrate Christmas.” Me too, friend. Thanks for sharing this – keep writing, and Happy New Year!

  3. I do long to carry the energy and attentiveness of Christmas into the remaining 11 months. The greatest gift is the Savior who never leaves me — truly the problem is my focus!
    Blessings, Jenny!

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