Good morning friends. I hope the day the Lord has made is finding you blessed and with much joy!
Today, I wanted to share about an incredible experience I had last night. Every year our church plans a night of signing Christmas carols, reading the Christmas story, and eating lots of cookies & hot cocoa in the park. It’s called Christmas Under the Stars.
I never knew that when I showed up to the event three years ago, it would become my absolute favorite Christmas tradition. There is just something so special about bundling up, gathering together, and proclaiming the true meaning of Christmas under thousands of white twinkling lights.
Hopefully this picture can somewhat display how incredibly lovely the night is. It was such a cool experience to hear the train go by behind us and sing songs of truth with our community. Last night, we remembered that it’s a blessing to give gifts at Christmas – especially in light of the fact the Jesus is the greatest gift of all.
God sent His only Son to be born of of virgin and she was to name him Jesus. Jesus, being fully God and fully human, lived a sinless life to one day die. He died for a very real and specific purpose: to save His people from their sins. He bore the shame of the cross and died a horrific death so that we would no longer perish, but inherit reconciliation, righteousness, and eternal life with God (John 3:16).
There was a song last night that really reminded me of God’s perfect plan and why we celebrate Christmas. We all probably know it; it’s called Oh Holy Night. This is my favorite part of the song:
Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Oh praise His name forever! His power and glory forevermore proclaim.
Merry Christmas friends! I hope you can celebrate Christ this beautiful season!
What is your favorite way to celebrate Christmas?