When the Christmas story starts to feel a bit stale because your circumstances overpower the joy of the season, what then? Lisa shares.
“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth.” (Luke 1:14)
The Christmas story is around us. Thankfully, we still can turn on the television and hear God’s Word of hope, even if it is during the Charlie Brown Christmas show. Wooden nativities adorn lawns and carols declare the birth of the King of Kings.
So why can we–believers who rejoice in the birth if Christ–feel disheartened? Why are we focusing on our pain and disease, the lack of a close parking spot, or lamenting about having nothing to wear that fits?
Because the Christmas story has become more of a story–and less of a promise. It can become so familiar that we need to purposefully remember it in a new light–the powerful light of God’s glory, not the dim flashlight of our circumstances.
Each year I try to find a new way to experience the birth of Jesus in my life–and because December provides 12 months to reflect on, it has new meaning to me. I encourage you to experience it anew.
- Put up a nativity scene and consider the emotions behind each person represented.
- Do some research on why we celebrate on December 25th and was it actually snowing?
- Watch “The Nativity” movie, a beautiful visual of Christmas.
- Read the Christmas story with children.
- Hold a baby and imagine the tiny Christ child.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and this we can cling to when our world is spinning out of control. But make a conscious choice to not allow the Christmas story to go stale for you just because He never changes.
You change. The way He may use the story of His birth will change for you each year. Listen to how He speaks to you this year.
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for 20 years. She knows that sometimes the Christmas story can start to become monotonous. We are hearing it or reading it, but not feeling it and the love of God. She prays that God will work in your life, specifically this season, to bring fresh meaning to His birth.
Do you have a favorite way you take time to just focus on the birth if Jesus each year, a quiet moment or a book you immerse yourself in that keeps the Christmas story shining with the glory of God?
In trying to find a video to share with this devotional I came across “Real” sung by Nicole Nordeman. Wow. The lyrics describe how we see the plastic nativities in yards, but do we really know the feelings behind the lives of those who were part of Jesus’ life. The last line says, “More than a memory, more than a story. Real.” May it bless you as it has me. -Lisa