For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
will never end. – Isaiah 9
There’s still time to redeem Christmas!
If you are still undecided as to what to do this morning, then do this (by “this” I mean come to worship at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church – see image, above). It’s just eight more days until December 25, and it’s past time to get serious when it comes to making sure we’re actually ready for Christmas.
First, here’s a list of what you may have done to get ready (BTW, these are all at the very least inadequate answers).
- Tree up, trimmed, and lit
- House decorated in extravagant bling
- Wreath on the front door
- Lights on the outside of the house
- Mall toured, numerous times
- Presents wrapped and stashed under the tree
- Stockings hung with care
- Max possible number of parties attended
- Menue set, food purchased
- Christmas newsletter sent
- Credit extended for the season
Now consider the following list of things that actually might have you well-prepared to receive the King, walking the dusty road to Bethlehem instead of sailing full-steam-ahead, right past Christmas, having missed everything that really matters:
- Celebrate Advent, the season of preparation
- Attend church on a regular basis
- Worshipping God in spirit and in truth
- Begin each day between now and Christmas with devotion and prayer
- Remember those less fortunate
- Be generous in charitable giving
- Listen for the brush of angels wings
- Commit random acts of kindness
- Be more attuned to giving than receiving
- Become a practitioner of hope, peace, love, and joy
- Instead of a wish-list, generate a list of things, people, and blessings you are thankful for
To that end, I’d like to recommend attending church today, then again next Sunday morning. Finally, even if you’ve already been earlier in the day, show up for 11:00 candlelight and communion Christmas Eve.
There is no better way to prepare for the best Christmas ever than in the company of the King of Kings, on our knees in front of a manger, “What can I bring him, poor as I am?”
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.
Love, Joy, Hope, Peace, and Promise – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.