Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!!

  Dear Friends,

  I'm sitting on my couch in my bedroom looking outside my window at the beautiful white blanket of snow covering the ground. Thankful for the SNOW we got just in time for Christmas!! <3  Something so enchanting about this time of year...especially when it is complete with *White* on the ground. :) 

  It's rare these days for me to not have a deadline for getting up and being all ready for the day.  This morning I was able to just enjoy un-rushed, un-interrupted time with my Savior, Jesus Christ!  How precious the sweet fellowship with Him was and how desperately I needed it.  Oh how He loves me, oh how He loves YOU! Why do I ever doubt His love or His plan?  When I do...it's because of my own faithlessness, because HIS LOVE is the most faithful substance this world has ever seen!  

 As I reflect on the fact that this is Christmas Eve...the day before our dear Savior's birth.  The thought hits me what my life would be like if He had never been born? If He had never chosen to come as a helpless babe to this earth to rescue mankind. What would my life be like?  I would only have the HOPE of the Old Testament...and not the New Testament....I would have the Law....but not the complete explanation of the law that Jesus brought...I would have rules upon rules of sacrifices needed for the cleansing of sin...but I wouldn't have the ability to run to my Savior, fall at His feet, confess my sin and just by confessing receive His amazing forgiveness. ( 1 John 1:9) I would have the promise in Isaiah 53:5 that "by His stripes we ARE HEALED."...but I wouldn't have the victory over sickness yet because He had not yet defeated sickness on the cross. I would have the promise of His love, care, concern and protection if I followed Him (Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 43, etc.), but I wouldn't have the blessed Holy Spirit that came after His departure from earth. (John 16:7). Yes, I do LOVE the Old Testament...it's Jesus' baby book...it's the shadow of things to come...it's full of the promises from God, His truth, His Justice, His Grace...but oh how thankful I am for the New Testament welcoming the KING OF KINGS to Bethlehem, born in a manger, to rescue the souls in the world...to rescue Monica Nicole DeMass....to rescue *you*.  The New Testament brings God's salvation plan to men to completion. <3  And oh, how thankful I am for it!  How thankful I am for the birth of My Savior.

Today, with Christmas right around the corner...I am thankful.  Not just for all the precious memories I am making with my family, like this morning when I was able to read for a long period of time with Alivia, Angie and Gideon cuddled under a blanket (LOVE long periods of quality time like that with my little siblings)...but I'm thankful...SO THANKFUL... that we get to celebrate the greatest GIFT that was ever given to mankind, the gift of Jesus!  <3   HE is my Light!  My Wonderful!  My Counselor!  My Mighty God!  My Everlasting Father!  My Prince of Peace....and of His government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7)  Praise the Lord and Glory to God in the Highest!  Oh how the angels must have rejoiced on that wondrous night when they finally saw that the sorry state of man had a REDEEMER...and that REDEEMER was their King!  How it must have confused the angels that He was born as a helpless baby...when He could have come in all the glory and splendor of Heaven...but instead He humbled Himself...for us. For you...for me...<3 Oh, the beautiful wonder, awe and glory of Christmas!  All wrapped up in one tiny baby...<3  

The last several years the words to Christmas Hymns have taken on such a deeper meaning for me:

"Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!!"

"Hail, the haven-born Prince of Peace!  Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!  LIGHT and LIFE to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings, Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth."

"Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning,  Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv'n, Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!"

Something so precious about the words to "Mary Did you Know?":


Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

Oh Mary did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding is the great I am


 


As you enjoy this beautiful Christmas celebration with your family...don't forget the reason for the Season.  Jesus Christ, born this day, Savior who is Christ the Lord!! <3 

Now it's time to go enjoy the rest of today and tomorrow making memories with my family and spending more time with my Precious Savior. <3  Blessings on your time with your family and Savior of your heart as well.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE from my heart to yours. 

O Come, let us adore Him,

Love,
Monica

2 comments:

  1. Such beautiful Christmas thoughts Monica!! Thanks so much for posting! I am so thankful that God sent His Son for us amd gave us the BEST gift ever!! <3 Praying the Lord blesses you in every way this Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! God bless YOU in every way this year as well! Love you and hope you have the best Christmas ever as we celebrate the gift of HIS son. <3

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