"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 NIV

After weeks of preparation, Christmas arrives and moves us through the hustle and bustle of a hectic season. We attend holiday functions, bake, purchase gifts and exhaust ourselves in celebration of a holiday that comes quickly. But, when all is said and done, there’s often a feeling of sadness when Christmas Day is over and we no longer joyfully anticipate what’s to come... 

God sent His Son for more than one day of recognition. In busy moments, we often forget God readies us to receive Him EVERY day of our lives. Jesus came to bring HOPE, PEACE and JOY to our hearts. God provided the miracle and Jesus came to earth! He knows how to fill our hearts. He reminds us why we don’t have to say “goodbye” to Christmas. 

God provides the way for us to remember how to joyfully anticipate the gift of Jesus. He helps us find content in every situation. He guides us toward His greatness when we choose to follow Him. He provides mercy and grace! He helps us understand where to find perfect PEACE. 

JOY isn’t found under the Christmas tree. It isn’t packaged for only a day to make us feel happy. God’s love is everlasting! His gift to the world is offered to those who choose to humble their hearts and receive. God will give us the opportunity to discover His greatness. But, we must surrender our doubt and be willing to TRUST in His will for our lives. 

Why are we feeling sad to say “goodbye” to Christmas? God knows what we need to joyfully anticipate what’s to come. He knows how to bring tidings of comfort and JOY EVERY single day. God has the perfect plan! He will provide HOPE for the future. We must seek Him with all of our hearts and put our TRUST in the One who is working for the good. 

We will find PEACE and HOPE through the Savior. He is our light in the darkness. “Joy to the world, the Lord has come.” Let us share the light of His love and praise God for His presence. Surely, we will feel the STRENGTH of His greatness if we remain focused on Him. He will help us discover how to keep Christmas in our hearts forever, so we will never have to say, “Goodbye!” 

Dear God, Thank you for the love of Your faithfulness. Help us remember why we need to lovingly anticipate the presence of Jesus EVERY single day. Open our hearts, so we will always be ready to welcome Your gift. And help us remember how very much we are loved by YOU. Amen


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