June 2014- “Christmas in June”

Christmas in June?
For some this evokes thoughts of extreme joy! The joy might come from excitement over gifts to be received, or maybe over gifts to be given to loved ones. Christmas in June might bring to mind worry, worry over being able to afford presents and even about having enough time to get it all together. The greatest joys of Christmas, however, are joys that we ought to feel year-round, aren’t they?

Joy of having family together
Joy of preparing treats
Joy of spoiling children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews
Joy of a home and a church beautifully decorated
Joy of doing personal Advent devotionals
Joy of hearing Jesus’ name being spoken more openly in the community
Joy of sharing church with family and friends who might live far or who might not come often
Joy of hearing, reading, and singing about God’s indescribable gift to us, His one and only Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The prophet Isaiah, from whose scroll Jesus quoted often, speaks of the Greatest Joy, the Greatest Gift you or I will ever receive, Jesus Himself, sent to live, die and rise so that He could become the Giver of the Holy Spirit to empower us with every breath we take to honor God.

The book of Isaiah, in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, tells in chapter 9, verses 1-7, of God saving the world through Jesus, promising this Gift to those who embraced faith in God 700 years before Jesus came to earth, a promise which carries on for us today:

1 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Christmas Anytime is the peace of Jesus Christ filling you and empowering you to live a life worthy of His call upon you.

Let Jesus fill you with His power and His peace.

In the Holy Love of Jesus,
Sister Vanessa