Lights And Decorations

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
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Do you enjoy Christmas decorations and lights as much as I do? When I see the gentle snowflakes falling and accumulating on the branches and outdoor decor, I can't help but be thankful for such beauty! But, in reality, even though these sights are as lovely as they can be, I am aware that they are just surface decor. Nevertheless, I feel so joyful and uplifted when seeing such sights because they revive my awareness of hope in this world of so much darkness!

The reality is that underneath all the glitz of the season, the real hope began with the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Emmanuel, God becoming one of us to show us who He is — His nature and character.

Christmas is definitely important and worth celebrating and decorating, to spread joy and hope. But the birth of Emmanuel is not the finale. Without Christmas, there'd be no Easter! Without Christ's cross and resurrection, we'd all be lost in our sins — no hope! So, let's decorate to welcome and celebrate the birth of our Saviour!

I love to glean messages from a song by the Ball Brothers, entitled It's about the cross. They sing that it's not just about the manger, the angels, the shepherds, the star, or the wise men. The truth is that "It's about the cross; it's about my sin." The most stirring part after all these reminders is the key, which I remember my late husband singing with such conviction: "It's about how every drop of blood that flowed from Him, when it should have been me!" Our sure hope of salvation was expensive — it cost Christ His life! They sing, "The beginning of the story is wonderful and great but it's the ending that can save you and that's why we celebrate." That's real hope, not wishful thinking but a sure and certain hope.

May your Christmas season be bright with the light of Christ shining hope in your heart and life. As you admire the lights and decorations, I pray that they may be beautiful reminders that point to the true hope of Christmas, the Baby born to save us if we but accept His invitation.

Romans 12:12a – Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. (TPT)

Prayer: Our dear heavenly Father, we thank You for coming to earth in the person of Jesus Christ to rescue us. Thank You that the many lights that brighten our homes and streets can be beacons reminding us all that Christ is the light of the world. Help us, Lord, as we celebrate and decorate, to share the hope that we have in You. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Mary Lou!

    Well written. Thank you.

    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts, Mary Lou.

    Lovely, inspiring message, Mary Lou. Thanks so much!

    So true, thank you Mary Lou. Have a blessed Christmas!

    Thank you, Mary Lou for sharing your hope and peace today.

    Well said, Mary Lou. Thank you.

    Thank you, Mary Lou. This is a lovely encouragement to celebrate Christmas.

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder of the true meaning of this time of year.

    This message was very moving and a great reminder to all who read it .Thank you and Merry Christmas and all the Best for 2022.

    Thank you so much, Mary Lou, for the devotionals you have written over the years. We were sorry to hear of your husband’s death several years ago.
    Have a blessed Christmas.

    Dear Mary Lou
    Thank you for this. It gives me an idea for a Christmas card – a cross behind the manger scene.
    Have a blessed Christmas.

    Dear Mary Lou,
    Many thanks for this beautiful and very meaningful devotional this morning. Truly our Lord is the “light of the world”. His love shines so bright in our lives each day. Blessings for this writing.

    Hello Mary Lou
    Thank you for this today. Yes, I get those feelings also when I see the snow on the outside ornaments… truly pretty to see but it all melts away, not like the feelings we have with our Savior Jesus. If it wasn’t for the manger, we wouldn’t have the cross, so we are truly blessed with gifts that are eternal.
    God bless you and your family this Christmas and throughout the new year.

    Good morning, Mary Lou,
    The lights of Christmas and the light of the World are definitely intertwined in a Christian’s Christmas. Thank you for including the wonderful song sung by the Ball Brothers. It is truly touching and shows the reason that Christmas gives us so much hope.
    It is a lovely picture that you describe as you begin the devotional. Thank you for sharing and leading us in a prayer of hope. Blessings.

    Thank you, Mary Lou, for a wonderful Christmas devotion with a great reminder to always include the cost of the cross as we celebrate Christmas.

    We loved your devotional Mary Lou! Thanks for sharing that music!

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