Listen to this devotional:
Hebrews 7:19 – (For the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw nearer to God. (NIV)
Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (NIV)
When we are in an airplane, we trust and hope that the landing approach will be a smooth one. What, then, about our approach to wherever it is we are going? If it is a vacation or a visit to a much-missed family member, our approach is with great anticipation.
Likewise, what is our approach as the last days of the visit draw near? Do we spend them in sadness at having to leave, or do we savour each moment, hoping the time between visits won't be too long?
Do we approach an interview with angst, or come to it with confidence? Do we approach newcomers mentally making prejudged lists, or are we open-minded and welcoming?
What about our approach to the coming Christmas season? Family get-togethers can sometimes cause confusion and upset feelings. If so, do we approach the season with trepidation or with the hope that this year things will be smoother?
Do we see the decorations that appear in the early part of November as things of beauty, or along with the increased advertising and bombardment of things to buy, do we combine them with the trappings of materialism and view it all as a big expense?
Can we, do we look beyond and see or consider Christ in these early beginnings of the Christmas atmosphere, remembering that the beginnings of what we call Christmas are all because of the birth of Christ?
It's all in how we approach it. As our surroundings ever-increasingly encroach upon the true meaning of Christmas, and as the material world overtakes it, may we just pause amidst the stock and take stock of what Christmas means to us.
Prayer: God, grant us the grace to grow in to Your love this Christmas, and out from love of the trappings which bombard us at every turn. In Your name, we pray. Amen.