Christmas Time Is Here!

Christmas Time Is Here!

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the
government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
May God’s peace and blessings be with you this holiday season!
As you prepare for the Christmas holiday, take time to stop, take a deep breath, reflect and remember what’s really important.

This Christmas may be a little or a lot different from what you’ve been used to and you may feel sad about that. That’s okay.
But… we have to remember the whole world is going through a pandemic and experiencing similar feelings of disappointment, sadness and loss.
Take time to acknowledge your feelings and also reflect on what the Christmas season is all about.

Celebrating the birth of our Savior and all that He has done for us and just being grateful for the many blessings that are all around us that we may sometimes take for granted.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus -1Thessalonians 5:18
And we are to…

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever – Psalm 107:1
This time of year is always a little challenging for me, because my mom became critically/terminally ill in the month of December, so it’s still a difficult month for me; but I’m also aware that this a difficult time for many others as well.
For those who are struggling during this season, you are not alone. Be encouraged. It may not feel like it, but God is with you.
He will never leave you nor forsake you – Deuteronomy 31:8
Don’t just focus on how discouraged you’re feeling, but reflect on how blessed you are.
Remember the reason for the season!
Receive His grace during this time; rest in His peace and His awesome presence.
Decide that you will be a blessing to others. Give the gift of a phone call or text message, a greeting card or just a kind word.

Give the gift of encouragement!
There are people all around you that are struggling this holiday season.
Remember, it is not just about buying and getting stuff. Take the time to express your love and appreciation for those around you.

Celebrate this year in peace, forgiveness, joy, love and gratitude.
This year, 2020 will be a different kind of Christmas and our circumstances may be different this year but…
Remember to hold on to all of those magical moments that this time of year can bring and I encourage you to find some joy in the season.

I appreciate all of you. And I hope that you always find a reason to smile.
Remember Covid-19 does not recognize holidays, so stay safe!

Blessings and peace.