Have you prepared a dwelling place?

“Should you build me a house to dwell in?”

2 Samuel 7:5

Christmas Eve, a time of excitement. All our preparations have led us to this very moment, the day before our Lord is born. Have you prepared a dwelling place for him? Is your heart ready to accept him, to shine light upon the darkness, to guide you in a peace.

This morning as I was reading the gospel reading from Luke 1:67-79, I was reminded of a discussion with my youngest daughter.  It was Easter and she was questioning which event in Jesus life was more important, Easter or Christmas.  Her explanation to me was that Christmas was more important because if Jesus had not been born, he could not have died on the cross to save us from our sins. 

Our celebration on Christmas morning is the welcoming of this baby into our hearts to transform us.  It’s a new beginning.  A moment when light begins to shine upon the darkness in our lives and we begin to examine the areas where sin has poisoned our hearts, our lives.  It’s the beginning of our journey that will lead us into Lent and to the cross. 

Tomorrow, we invite the gift of “a mighty Savior, born of the house of His servant David.” (Luke 1:69)  It is in this gift that “the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

My dear friends, today make the final preparations in your hearts to provide a dwelling place for the one thing it most longs for.

May the joy of today and the peace of tomorrow bring forth a great love that is everlasting.



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10 replies

  1. Amen! Happy Birthday Jesus! Have a merry, and blessed Christmas! ❣️🎄 Lisa

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  2. Merry Christmas Joann Thanks again for your faithfulness to share the Love of God and from your own personal life May God richly bless you in this Christmas season

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  3. That is very interesting to consider which is more important-Christmas or Easter. They are both of the utmost importance, of course. As your daughter so wisely pointed out, if our wonderful Savior had not been born, then He could not die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.

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    • Definitely something to ponder. I always held them as equitable importance. Many think that it’s the purpose of his coming, salvation at Easter that is most important but without one you can’t have the other. Always love the food for thought! Blessings!

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  4. That is what I also thought of – Salvation in relation to Easter. I think equitable is correct. As you have stated, you cannot have one without the other! Be blessed.

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