Well in this wonderful Christmas season I hope to just give you a little boost in making this truly a season of wonder about the greatest gift of all!! So I will not use up too much of your time as you prepare for those wonderful times together with family and friends!! My prayer for each of you is that you are able to keep the periphery stuff the periphery stuff. Not that they are unimportant but that they don’t take the place of why we celebrate this most incredible moment of the story that God invites us into!! In fact one overwhelming focus that I am trying to give my life that I pray you can either start or continue on as is the awesome way that God is now using us (yes our broken vessels) to carry the gift to others!! Visit this season with that thought and carry that into the New Year!! and I will be back here with you in the new year!!
Own this encouragement that Paul gave to the church in Thessalonica…
Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you’re in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.
The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you’re the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.