I love Christmas. The festivities, the shopping, decorating the Christmas tree and hanging the outside lights, the baking and candy making, the Christmas music and our favorite holiday movies (like Die Hard)!
I love the stockings hanging in a row, with each one’s name – son and daughter, grandson and granddaughter, and favorite dog. I love the sounds of Christmas from radio to MP3 player, Bing Crosby and Madonna, “Santa Baby” to Silent Night. I love to “go to the snow” – but not live in it (great to live in California)
I love family, and get-togethers, and church fellowship times. Traditions kept for years and new ones added with each new family member. Our Christmases now include English trifle dessert and Christmas crackers. I love the beautiful packages with bags and bows under the tree; the fun of both gift giving and gift getting. I love Santa and his elves, and the looks of wonder on the faces of preschoolers.
AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, I love the true story of Christmas: of Jesus and His birth, with “no room at the inn”, pregnant Mary in the rustic stable, the angels, the shepherds, “Glory to God in the Highest” and then the gifts of the Magi. Wow!
I love worshipping God and celebrating Jesus’ birth with classic Christmas hymns and new adorations in song. But I especially love that at the very heart of Christmas is the revelation of the impossible made possible: the great gap between humankind and Almighty, Holy, Creator God bridged through the gift of life in His Son, Jesus.
Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate
Impossibilities Made Possible.
Think about it: The birth of Jesus was not just a difficulty, it was an impossibility. Mary was a virgin. The angel had just told her something impossible. It was a “how can this ever happen” moment! And that angel, gives her a “God answer” saying, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you... For with God nothing is ever impossible (Luke 1:37).
Rather than demanding a further explanation, a step-by-step action plan, a detailed spiritual strategy, Mary simply responds, “Let it be to me according to your Word.” Only God could breathe life into her womb. And just as the Holy Spirit caused her to conceive the perfect sinless Savior--fully God, fully human--He can accomplish through you, those things that seem impossible in your life.
Welcome the fresh breath of the Holy Spirit into your impossibilities this Christmas. Allow the Holy Spirit to come upon you, and see His Word perform miracles in your life – turning your Impossibilities into the Possible.
Merry Miraculous Christmas!
And a New Year full of Joyous Possibilities.
Rich and Lindy
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What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?