The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Euphoria! Electricity! Exhilaration!
God of all Grace,
I love Christmas, but I’m wondering if this line from my
Advent devotion is a bit over the top?
The euphoria of Christ’s birth overwhelms all human
infatuations and electrifies us with heavenly exhilaration that can’t be
shackled! (Dr. Marva Dawn)
No, not at all! Yes, I want to feel the euphoria, the
electricity and the exhilaration of Christmas.
...you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save
his people from their sins.
...they will call him Immanuel which means, “God with us.”
Saved from our sins. In your presence. That is overwhelming!
I’ll admit, as this Christmas day winds down, the jubilation
is waning, but I certainly felt it in church last night. And today, I was overwhelmed with
the love and generosity of my family.
Holy Spirit, help me to sustain the euphoria, electricity
and exhilaration of Christ’s birth into the new year.
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;