Christmas Thoughts

  • Dec. 8, 2014
  • #8506

There's nothing like celebrating the holidays with welcoming people into our homes. This Christmas, welcome Jesus into your home.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to the second week of December.

And Christmas is just around the corner — seems we can celebrate the birth of our Savior all month long, doesn’t it, which is fine with me.  I love this season.  I love everything to do with this time of year — especially connecting with family and friends.  It’s like, well, Christmas just has to be something you share.  The holiday doesn’t make sense when doing it solo.  Can you imagine baking cookies, sprinkling little candies on them, arranging them nicely on a silver tray, and then sitting there and gulping them all down yourself?  What enjoyment would there be?  Or what enjoyment would it be in stringing the popcorn, getting out the tinsel, hanging the ornaments on a pine tree, plugging in the lights and then sitting on the couch and watching it all alone? 

One of my favorite moments during the holidays is when the cookies are baked, the tree is trimmed, the candles are lit, the fire is crackling, the music fills the house and — ta-da — you throw open the front door and welcome in your friends.  Suddenly the house comes alive with happy chatter, hugs and kisses.  Welcoming in a friend — or a bunch of friends — through your front door is the peak of Christmas joy. 

Maybe that’s because joy must be welcomed from the outside in.  That’s the beauty of the season.  Joy came through a door when Jesus crossed the threshold of this planet to bring laughter and music into this empty, dark world.  Sure, the world had all the tinsel, but it was only when Jesus entered it that the joy of the Lord had a foothold.

Oswald Chambers has said “The Lord came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is a being who cannot be accounted for by the human race at all.  He is God Incarnate, God coming into human flesh, coming into it from the outside.  Our Lord’s birth was an Advent, a coming in.  And just as our Lord came into human history from the outside, so must He come into me from the outside, as well.”   

So here you are, unpacking all your favorite red and green sweaters.  Here you are dressed in your Christmas best, waiting to share it with someone special.  Well, the room will stay lonely and without real music until you invite the Lord of Joy inside.  It only happens when Christ is born in you, a “coming into” — much like swinging open the front door of your home to welcome friends in.  Jesus stands outside the door of your holiday season — so open it up and welcome Him in.

And as you prepare for Christmas, make sure that you invite the Lord of joy inside.  That’s what it’s all about — opening up and welcoming Jesus in.  Then, please, welcome into your home the elderly woman in the apartment next door, or the single girl at work, or the man at church who just became a widow.  Or when you plan your Christmas dinner, think about welcoming in your new neighbors down the street, or the missionaries home on furlough.  Welcome in that new couple who came to church for the first time.  Consider planning a Christmas open house dessert and then welcome in the people you are friends with in the community.  Oh, and if you need an idea for dessert, I’ve posted my favorite Christmas dessert recipe today at joniandfriends.org.  You can access it from your tablet, from your Desktop, from your Smartphone.  Just go to my radio page at joniandfriends.org.  And, hey, share that recipe on your Pinterest page.  Look, Christmas has to be something you share — the holiday can’t be celebrated solo.  So open up your heart, open up your door, your home and let the joy of the season begin!

© Joni and Friends

 

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