Originally published Monday, 19 December 2016.
I overheard a woman in the store aisle next to mine moan to another woman, “If I live through this Christmas it is going to be a miracle!” Then she began rattling off the things on her to-do list. I almost shouted over the aisle an “Amen, sister!” to this kindred stranger. But then I felt the Lord tug at my heart and take my thoughts captive to the truth: the Christmas miracle already happened. It’s done. It’s over. It was finished - Jesus even said so!
What’s special about Christmas already happened. All of us, me very much included, holiday-weary, over-spent, over-tired women can rest in the wonder of Jesus’ finished work. It’s so upside down that the season we should be celebrating Christ’s accomplished work for us, we run ourselves ragged working at everything else.
So as you prepare your heart and home for all this Christmas season holds, remember what’s beautiful about this holiday is the presence of Christ, our Emmanuel, who came to dwell with us. What’s special about Christmas is the incredible plan of God spilled out over humanity, declaring “Peace on Earth! Goodwill toward men!” We can’t add one shiny star on top of what Jesus already accomplished. It is finished. So let your heart rest in His work and celebrate His work, instead of worrying over yours.
Looking for some Christmas encouragement? Enjoy Prepare Him Room, a Biblical word study and art devotional!