Excitement fills the air
Laughter floating down the stairs
The pitter patter of little feet
But what is the excitement all about?
It is the presents under the tree?
The lights and bright colors all around?
Have we forgotten why we celebrate?
What's happened to Christmas?
We celebrate a baby born long ago.
God's only son
Sent for us
To save us.
Why do we so easily forget?
Why do we let Satan win?
We are here because of God's heart.
His heart of love
The heart of Christmas
We worship not just baby in a manger,
But our risen Savior.
Let us not forget this year.
Let us teach our children not to forget
The real heart of Christmas.
Last year I spent many hours looking for the perfect advent devotional. In my crazy and frantic search, God whispered an idea into my heart, from His heart to my heart, the Heart of Christmas.
For the past 18 years, my mother has given each of her children and grandchildren heart ornaments, so I have this large and beautiful collection of heart shaped ornaments. Instead of just having them sit on a tree collecting dust, what if we picked one ornament for each day up to Christmas and paired it with a verse and short devotional and then put it on a special Heart of Christmas tree? Of course, we will keep careful tabs on whose turn it is to place the ornament on the tree, but that isn't the point, now is it?
The devotionals will begin on Monday, December 8 and will go through Christmas. I will be posting the devotionals daily here on my blog and linking to them on Facebook, just as I did last year. I will use the same verses I used previously and will probably tweak the devotionals a bit. I'm excited to take my kids through the Christmas season again with the focus of our hearts on Jesus.
I would love to have you join us on this journey into the heart of our Father, the true heart of Christmas.
Blessings this Christmas season!