“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2: 14 NIV

Life moves quickly from one moment to the next. As Christmas approaches, we’re not always ready to embrace the arrival of a season that is meant to bring joy and good will toward men. We become overwhelmed and consumed with holiday routines that rob us of receiving perfect peace. 

Advertisers challenge us to provide only the best for our families. They remind us Christmas is coming and work hard to convince us to purchase gifts which will lose their value of purpose. But, what we really need are reminders to recognize Christmas brings light to a darkened world of sin and HOPE for the weary. We need to recognize God’s loving presence in our lives and receive His precious gift of love.

God sent His Son to bring peace and hope for the future. The manger still reminds us of the best gift of Christmas. It allows us to take time to remember the Christ Child and understand God’s plan for our days. 

God longs for us to be filled with His presence of peace. No matter what we’re going through, He reminds us we are not alone. He lovingly shows us where to find the Savior and prepares us to receive the very best gift. 

Take time to reflect on this season of hope. Allow God to fill you with peace, so you will find content and look forward to the arrival of Christmas. It truly is more than one day to open the perfect gift. It is the precious opportunity to open our hearts EVERY DAY and receive the awesome gift that has already been given. 

Dear God, Thank you for blessing us with this wonderful season of hope. As we open our hearts to welcome Jesus, we gratefully find peace, joy and content. Thank you for sending Jesus to save us. Fill us with everything we need to remember HE is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Amen


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