By now many of us are up to our eyeballs in wrapping paper, garland and shopping. At some level we have the Righteous Brothers song ‘YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING’ as our theme song. Christmas has become a hurried time of nerves and panic.
Somehow we have lost track of the reflections and thanks we offered just a few weeks back at Thanksgiving. Let me offer us all permission to chill, reflect and once again reboot into a Christmas spirit. A time of rejoicing rather than racing. Take a few minutes to read the following verses…
I THESS. 5:18: “IN EVERTHING GIVE THANKS, FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS CONCERNING YOU.”
PSALM 100:4 “ENTER INTO HIS (GOD’S) GATES WITH THANKSGIVING, AND INTO HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE; BE THANKFUL UNTO HIM, AND BLESS HIS NAME.”
PHIL. 4:6-7: “BE ANXIOUS (DON’T WORRY) FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOU REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN UNTO GOD. AND THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, SHALL KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.”
EPHES. 5:20: “GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS UNTO GOD AND THE Father IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.”
HEB. 13:15: “BY HIM (JESUS) THEREFORE LET US OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE TO GOD CONTINUALLY, THAT IS, THE FRUIT OF OUR LIPS GIVING THANKS TO HIS NAME.”
Now doesn’t that feel better! May the next 10 days be a blessing to all we see and love!
II COR. 2:14a: “NOW THANKS BE UNTO GOD, WHO ALWAYS CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST…”