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The Pleasure of the Lord is My Christmas

What are your expectations this Christmas? Are you able to let some go to be able to make room for God’s holy one?

Nehemiah stated, ‘Go and revel in selection meals and candy drinks, and ship some to those that don’t have anything ready. Today is holy to our Lord. Don’t grieve, for the enjoyment of the Lord is your energy.’” Nehemiah 8:10

After I was twelve years outdated, Christmas let me down. I nonetheless believed that the vacation was about receiving, and that 12 months my small pile of items didn’t stack as much as expectations. I recall getting mopey and going to my room to lament. When my sister discovered me she requested what was fallacious, and I put it merely, “I didn’t get cool stuff this 12 months.”

As an grownup it’s straightforward to fall into the identical lure. I could not count on “cool stuff” for items, however I’ve nice expectations nonetheless. I hope that my sons might be residence on Christmas Eve and day, that we are going to cook dinner a Butterball, and play video games as a household. This 12 months could also be completely different as our grown sons make commitments to new associates distant who want for his or her Christmas Day consideration. Christmas traditions will change.

When Nehemiah had the guide of Moses learn to the individuals of Israel after years of being forgotten, the individuals started to grieve. Some had by no means heard the necessities of God’s regulation. However Nehemiah put it in perspective: You’ve heard the Phrase! This can be a Holi-Day. Have a good time! Make superior meals for yourselves and provides a few of it away!

We generally say Christmas is a Holy Day, however personally I neglect that too usually amidst the tinsel, TV, toys and boys. I neglect that real pleasure comes from celebrating Emmanuel, the Phrase placing on flesh so we might see, contact, and know Him.

Pricey God, assist me discover peace and pleasure in my relationship with you, and thanks for sending Jesus to redeem us from our low expectations. Amen.

What are your expectations this Christmas? Are you able to let some go to be able to make room for God’s holy one?

By Dr. Bill Strom
Utilized by Permission

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