Friday, December 9, 2016

One Expectation for Christmas

I’m joining the Five Minute Friday community with Kate Motaung…5 minutes, no rewriting, and a one word prompt…

It’s supposed to be the most joyful time of every year. But for many, it’s not. Illness, loneliness, grief, depression, emotional or physical pain, unemployment, and for so many other reasons, December can be a very difficult month.

The truth is, every month can be just as difficult, but the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas come with heavy expectations and extra pressure. And when those expectations of happiness and the perfect Christmas are not met, the letdown takes its toll.

What if we went into the season with only One expectation for a good Christmas?

Joyfulness comes in the One who came to us—Jesus Christ. {Tweet this} He didn’t arrive expecting celebrity fanfare and an overdone celebration. He came as a vulnerable baby boy through Whom we see God’s glory.

December 25 will come and go just as it does every year. Families will get on each other’s nerves and gifts will lose their sparkle. But the Gift of Jesus will never grow old.

What are your expectations during the Christmas season?

In Christ,

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  1. Thank you for the reminder that is so easily lost sight of in this world - The Gift of Jesus will never grow old. May you have a wonderful season of remembering that gift. - Lori
    visiting from FMF

  2. This is an important reminder. You are not alone struggling this time of many do!

  3. "The gift of Jesus will never grow old." Amen! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas!

  4. My expectations are that I will find ways to bring joy to others (and not sulk about our empty nest ;) ).

  5. Such a good focus--to see the joy that Jesus brings us and share it with others. I love it! I'm visiting from #RaRalinkup today :)

  6. "Joyfulness comes in the One who came to us—Jesus Christ." Amen, amen, amen! This is the true GIFT of joy! Thanks for this reminder, and for coming to the event last Friday. Would love to grab coffee sometime so we can get to know one another better! <3

  7. Our expectations often get us in trouble, yes? So grateful that our joy can be found outside of our expectations. Thanks for sharing, Laura.


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