May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit Romans 15: 13 

We attend holiday functions, purchase gifts and exhaust ourselves in celebration of a day that passes too quickly. And, when all is said and done, there’s often an empty feeling when we have to say, “goodbye” to Christmas. 

God sent His Son for MORE than one day of recognition... Often, we forget God prepares us to receive Him EVERY day of our lives. Jesus came to bring hope, peace and joy to our hearts. God provided a miracle and Jesus came to earth! He knows the human side of weakness. We DON’T have to say “goodbye” to the present of His presence in our lives. 

God helps us understand how to joyfully anticipate the gift of Jesus. He helps us find strength in EVERY situation. He guides us toward His greatness when we choose to follow Him. Only He can show us how to find peace and recognize we don't have to be without it. 

JOY isn’t found under the Christmas Tree. It is not packaged for only a day to make us feel happy. God’s love is everlasting! His gift to the world is offered to each one of us! But, we must open our hearts wide enough and faithfully receive. 

God will set the stage for what’s to come. He knows the needs of His children. We must be willing to trust in Him, BELIEVE in the power of His love and NEVER forget who WILL handle ALL things. We must not be sad to say “goodbye” to Christmas! “Joy to the world, the Lord has come“. Let us praise Him for His everlasting presence and let us be joyful! He is near. He is HERE, EVERY single day of our lives. 

Dear God, Thank you for Christmas and the time we’ve enjoyed with family and friends.Thank you for what fills us with happy thoughts of joy. Help us embrace a grateful heart for Jesus, so we will treasure the gift of His amazing grace and remember why we will NEVER have to be without it. Amen


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