He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 NIV 

Life moves quickly from one moment to the next. We often become consumed in the Christmas rush and often forget to breathe in what is GOOD. We forget how it feels to welcome peace and embrace God's breath of heaven. 

God readies us for calm. He leads us to the manger. And, when we've been humbled by His mighty love, He reminds us how to prepare for Christmas. He opens our hearts to receive JESUS and helps us remember why we need Him EVERY DAY. 

Now, more than ever we need to be reminded Christmas is more than the gifts we tie with a bow. God wraps the love of our Savior and offers us the present of His presence. He places HOPE where it will be found and allows us to consider His will for our lives. 

Jesus brought light to the darkness. Calm came when He was delivered and held by the strength of our Father. We can put our HOPE in Him and patiently wait to feel the STRENGTH of His peace when we open our hearts and humbly seek Him. 

God will bless us. He will help us find content for today and strength for tomorrow. He will help us remember peace comes from the love of our Savior. We must take time to be still and be willing to receive what God is ready to give us. He will never let us forget how very much we are loved. 

Dear God, Thank you for moments to be reminded to be still, so we will experience the presence of Your peace and recognize the offering of Your love. Fill us with STRENGTH for today and HOPE for tomorrow, as we humbly welcome Jesus. Open our hearts to the greatest GIFT we will ever receive and place JOY where it will remind us to gratefully honor YOU. Amen


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