The Month of Christmas is upon us. I mean, the month of December.
Sometimes they seem interchangeable, don’t they?
What does Christmas mean to you?
It has gotten more meaningful for me over the years. I think almost everything has become more meaningful the older I’ve gotten.
“When I was a child, I thought as a child.”
I feel like I’m learning so much as an adult, especially about spiritual things. I have been reading some books that are making things clearer as far as the plan of salvation and why God created man and how much God is really involved in the things that happen in history. World events are not as random as they appear. And events in our personal lives are not random. God really is working all things together for our good, especially if we have given our lives to Him.
And Christmas is when we celebrate a huge step in His plan of redemption. The new understanding I am processing is that God planned everything to happen just as it did, including the fall of man.
“From man’s perspective, Calvary came about because of man’s sinful state. From God’s personal purpose, the human race was created to produce Calvary.” !!!!!
Why did God want to do such a thing? Because He wanted to demonstrate to all of His creation what motivated Him to do all that He did. He wanted to reveal that His core being, His nature and His motivation were love. The only way He could show the depth of His love was by sacrificially giving Himself.
I got this new perspective from a book by Dr. Bill Hamon called “God’s Weapons of War”.
I knew that the Lamb had been slain before the foundation of the world, but I didn’t put it together that God actually wanted that to happen because He wanted humans and all the rest of creation to really know just how much He loved them.
We are more important and powerful than most of us realize since we are made in God’s image and likeness. God has reasons for everything He does, and there are several reasons that He made mankind. Having a relationship with Him and worshiping Him are only two of those reasons. Dr. Hamon lists 8 reasons in one of his books.
But many of us think that having a relationship with God and worshiping Him is all there is. There is much more that we can do. We can work in partnership with God to accomplish His purposes here on Earth. We can help Him destroy the works of the evil one, just like Jesus did.
So what does all of this have to do with Christmas? Well, think about it. The Nativity is the beginning phase of God’s great plan to insert Himself into the Human race by becoming one of us. He had to take on a mortal human body that could suffer, bleed, and die.
“His number one purpose for creating man was to take on a mortal human body in order to die on the cross and reveal God’s core nature of love.”
So Christmas takes on more significance when viewed that way, doesn’t it?
And our existence seems more meaningful when we realize that God made us different from the other beings He created. He made us in His image and likeness.
“He made man to be a free moral agent, comparable to and compatible with God Himself. Man has freedom to make his own choices apart from God and the devil. Man was made in God’s own image and likeness, a special race that God made to be His people.”
I have been gaining so much clarity from reading this book and two other books: The New Era of Glory” by Tim sheets and “The Oracle” by Jonathan Cahn. From “The Oracle”, I’m gettting more of a solid understanding that nothing happens by chance, and God is really orchestrating events on a worldwide scale as well as events in our own lives. I had a sense of that before, but his book really strengthens my faith and belief that everything will go according to God’s plan, and I really don’t have to worry about anything. As long as I am listening to Him and obeying Him, my life will go according to His will, too. As people like to say, “God’s got this.” It’s true!
On a lighter note...
We had our family pictures taken. Here are a couple of them.
Yes, our family is growing. Anna, my daughter on the right, is getting married to Jose in March. Shawn is very fond of Brandi, and Patrick and Dani spend lots of time together.
Kelsey also has a significant other, Kyle, but he couldn’t come because he had to work.
On a heavier note...
I must say, this phase of parenting is bittersweet. I’m having a hard time letting them go, but they’re going anyway. So I’m dealing with accepting the fact that they are adults and will make their own decisions and live the way they choose. This has been far more difficult than I anticipated.
But, as in everything, the Lord is strengthening me, giving me wisdom and understanding, and comforting me every step of the way. I will not grieve as the world grieves. I have hope that God will work all things together for our good.
And my children are in His hands. I can trust Him with them even as they are away from me and no longer subject to my will. I dedicated them to the Lord as children, I taught them His ways, and I was a doorkeeper to protect them from evil. I put up barriers to sin and the ways of the world. I did my best, and God will do the rest.
As Jesus told us, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
So I will be of good cheer and full of hope for the future, because I trust God to keep that which I’ve committed to Him. Which is everything!
I bless each of you with a wonderful holiday season full of warm, close relationships and an ever increasing awareness of God’s overwhelming love for you and of your significance in the scheme of things.
Thanks for dropping anchor here in Safe Haven for these few moments!