How is this even possible? We’re just a few hours away from Christmas Day! The long awaited day is almost here. It’s so hard to believe that we are in the process of wrapping up 2018. I suppose that time flies when you’re having fun, but I’ve come to realize that time flies regardless of what’s going on around you.

Many of us are right in the midst of lots of fun Christmas festivities. Time with family and friends. Parties. Christmas Eve services. Opening gifts. Reading the Christmas story. Baking cookies. Making memories.

Then there are those of you that are alone. No family or friends to celebrate with. You’re just trying to find a way to skip to December 26th in order to keep from having to think about all of the loss and change that 2018 has brought into your life. It’s been a tough one, but you’ve made it through.

No matter if this is the happiest time for you or the most depressing and discouraging time, my prayer is that you will be overwhelmed with The Father’s love. You need this on the best of days, but you also need it on the worst of days. God’s love is what makes this holiday season special and important.

It’s all about coming back to the heart of Christmas. This season is about so much more than the lights, gifts, and Christmas trees. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying fun things. They have their time and place, but God doesn’t want you to stop there. He wants you to experience Him, not just at Christmas, but every single day. That’s His Christmas gift to you. The gift of Himself. The gift of relationship. He wants to know you more than a couple of hours on Sunday or for a few days at Christmas. He wants to know you every day of your life. That’s right! The God that created the sun, moon, and stars wants to know you. You just can’t get any better than that!

So no matter where this holiday finds you, my prayer for you is that you will experience a special holiday unlike any other Christmas you’ve ever been privileged to. Make the most of every moment, whether pleasant or painful. Whether happy or sad. Whether ideal or not at all what you expected. May you be blessed with a Christmas song in your heart no matter what this season brings your way.

Wishing you and yours a Christmas to remember. One filled with peace for today and hope for tomorrow.

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