Merry Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas. It’s such a simple greeting with such a rich blessing. Merry Christmas wishes joy, smiles, laughter, and happiness. Even just saying the word “merry” brings a smile to our faces. Merry Christmas returns us to the cornerstone of Jesus Christ. In many ways, our hearts are like that ancient manger in that old stable of Bethlehem.

It was a common thing, that manger, but extraordinarily filled that first Christmas day. Our heart, our soul, that empty place in our lives is like that old manger. We can try to fill the empty space ourselves or allow Christ to fill us with His grace, love, and peace.

The suffix “mas” speaks of celebration, of gatherings, and of worship. “Mas” brings us back to when Christmas wasn’t filled with reindeer, Santa Claus, brightly wrapped packages, candy canes, and the Hallmark Channel. In its beginning, Christmas was a simple day of worship, fellowship, and the remembrance of God’s great gift.

Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that all those other things are to be discarded or discounted but that in the midst of the glitz and glamor we find time to turn our hearts towards Jesus. This Christmas take a few silent moments to ponder the question – What child is this?   

Though he (Jesus) was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:6–11, NLT)

Merry Christmas! May your holidays be filled with joy as you celebrate and worship the King of kings born in an old stable, laid in a manger, and destined to save, to redeem, to forgive, to love, to choose you and me. Merry Christmas from

Dale Heinold
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