December 23–Let’s Count Down…and Calm Down…and Consider JESUS!

In one day from today it will be Christmas Eve.

In my little corner of the world—right here between Philly and NYC—we have about a foot or so of  beautiful fresh snow covering the ground and decorating the trees. And the sun is shining. It’s lovely. It’s clean and so amazingly white. And it absolutely sparkles as it reflects the sun’s light.

The beauty and the purity of this snow makes me slow down to sense and acknowledge how our God makes everything new with His love and His forgiveness.

The beauty and the purity of this snow makes me think about the holiness of Jesus and all that He poured out in the giving of His life to us—first as that humble, helpless baby in a manger…and then as that humble, full sacrifice for our sins on the cross.

We all need God to make us clean…whiter than snow…and pure and new. And our God does.

…wash me and I will be whiter than snow…Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:7, 10

This is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus…yet always with knowing and remembering that that little baby was born to die for our forgiveness, for our cleansing, purity and renewal. We are to be washed…made whiter than snow…and reflect the Son’s light in everything we do…at Christmas and always.

So, let’s all Count Down…and Calm Down…and Consider Jesus…in this season and in every season of our lives! 

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

One thought on “December 23–Let’s Count Down…and Calm Down…and Consider JESUS!

  1. Sylane,

    I have been overwhelmed with various family, health, relational and work related concerns for the past several weeks…more so than normal. Last night was the FIRST night I was able to get to a store and buy some Christmas gifts. In the quiet of this morning, I realized with guilt and sadness that I had most definitely NOT prepared my heart for the celebration of the birth of my Jesus…nothing at all. I’ve definitely had an attitude of Humbug. So tonight, I am going to take some time alone (there HAS to be somewhere in this house I can be alone!) and read through each of these devotionals you’ve written for this season, Sylane…and allow myself to calm down and consider Jesus. I am thankful to you for your writings, especially these particular ones for the Christmas season. Much love to you.

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