Friday, November 27, 2009
Well, friends, I have just spent the last hour trying to make this blog look seasonal...I've lost half my settings and adding a post is a new challenge, but in the end, I think it works!
I trust you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, but ladies, a new season is upon us, and it's time to roll up our sleeves and embrace the change! Yes, you know what I am talking about...that change where your house goes from browns and oranges to reds and greens! Where your blueberry candles get traded out with evergreen scents. Where your snowmen replace your pumpkins and where your mums get exchanged for poinsettias!
Yes, it's Christmastime. Did any of you do the black Friday thing? I'd love to hear your stories! As for the Wisen family, we put up trees and jammed them full with ornaments, filled our mantle with greenery and lights, hung a few wreaths, set out our nativity scene, re-vacuumed the whole house and collapsed on the couch. No lines or power shopping for us...
Christmas seemed to sneak up on me this year. I'm not sure why and it's not like I'm behind in my preparation, I just don't have that "feeling" yet. So I am going to start with the basics and give you a preparatory wish for the season for your Weekend Wish.
My wish for you is that you remember this one fact about Christmas this weekend: Jesus came.
Let me show you how my mind works: Jesus came. He showed up. He said He would and He did. It's a done deal. We don't live like the OT saints who looked ahead to a promise - we can see the promise kept, fulfilled, completed. Even though we have eternity to look forward to, there are no "what if's" or "I hope's", because Jesus came. He showed up. He did exactly what He said He would.
The next question in my mind would be this: how is my life different because Jesus came? I won't give you my answer but you think about it yourself. I would also ask: What if I was on the other side of this historic event (like the OT saints)? What would my faith look like? Which side would I rather be on?
That's really the foundational fact of Christmas - it's what the "advent" is all about: Jesus came.
He showed up.
To start out this season, let's agree to stick with the basics and set our minds on the things above. If our mind stays there, then imagine where our conversations will go...
Have a great weekend!