We made it! This is the last day of my 7 Days of Christmas posts! Thank you so much for taking this brief but fun journey with me. I wish you all the joy and wonder of the Christ-child this very day, my BBFF (Blessed Blog Friend Forever!)
“They [shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed … But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:16-19 NIV)
Ah, Christmas Day. Do you recall the beauty, excitement, and pure wonder of it all when you were a little girl? Truly a day to look forward to all year long.
But then something happened. You grew up. And once it fell to you to “make Christmas happen” for others, endless tasks, responsibilities, and stress stripped much of the amazement from the day.
So please, dear friend, take a moment now, like Mary, to treasure up images of Christmas and ponder them in your heart:
The Son of God – the holy Christ-child – lying peacefully in a cow trough.
A sky filled with angels proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest!”
Astounded shepherds kneeling before the newborn King.
Smiles lighting the faces of children – you as a child and now your own kids.
Waves of love, awe, and gratitude overflowing your heart for Jesus, your Savior.
Yes, the wonder is still there. Some years it may be buried deeper than others, but it’s treasured up and always available if you take the time to ponder each precious memory.
From my heart to yours, I wish you an extraordinarily blessed celebration of the birth of our Savior. And remember, to avoid the post-Christmas blues, don’t put away Christ with Christmas!
Prayer for today:
All glory to You on this marvelous day. Renew my wonder. Restore my awe.
*This, like all the daily devotions from the 7 Days of Christmas, was straight out of my 365-day devotional, Too Blessed to be Stressed: Inspiration for Every Day. If you’ve enjoyed these little snippets of inspiration, I hope you’ll consider starting each day of 2018 out with a devo, smile, and a prayer.
Thanks so much for the Seven Days of Christmas Posts!! They have been great to read and to ponder as we walked through the last week before Christmas!
I have to tell you that your books and planners were a great hit for my Christmas gifts!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
Oh, I’m THRILLED to hear that, Sandi! I know you’re looking forward to your new digs in 2018 – hope it’s a year of fresh starts for your entire family.
Marsha Stephenson says
Have enjoyed and meditated on your seven days of Christmas. Thank you for sharing your gift!
Hope you have had a Merry Christmas!
Thank you so much, Marsha – I don’t get much feedback and often wonder if anyone is actually reading my blog, so your note means the world to me. Wishing you a New Year filled with Papa God’s blessings, dear friend!