Christmas Eve is the last Sunday of Advent this year, which is the love candle. No candle is more fitting for this day. Advent and Christmas have their roots in the love of God. Furthermore, Christ calls us to receive this love and give it away to those we encounter.
Christmas Eve is the high of anticipation of the Christ child yet shares the magic of Christmas day in a special way. An opportunity to cherish Christ, furthermore, to spend quality time with Him. Out of love God gave His Son, Jesus, who is love. Our hearts overflow with praises simply for the Miracle God chose to give us, His beloved Son.
Our lives are messy and we are damaged at best. God looks past it all calling you His child, His beloved. His desire this Christmas Eve is for you, sweet friend, to offer up all that you are, your flaws and brokenness, and rest in Him. There is nothing you need to do. He longs for you to rejoice in the gifts He has given you. For you to receive His love.
Let go of the need for perfection. Release the stress of making this the best Christmas ever. Let go of unrealistic expectations. Invite Jesus to be in the center of all you do today and tomorrow. Pause. Rejoice. Express your gratitude in each moment. Cherish the time with the people around you. Savor the simple moments.
Messiah. Counselor. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. The government rests upon Your shoulders. Immanuel. Our healer, provider, safe place, peace, and source of life. Righteous and victorious. You, fully God became fully human for our sake taking the sins of the world on Your shoulders and demonstrating love beyond comprehension. We rejoice in Your birth, in Your love, all You have given us through the cross, and that You will come again.
Silence our minds this Christmas Eve. Let us be aware of Your presence today and tomorrow. Allow us to receive Your present of Salvation and love. Let us live in Your love. Open our hearts to Your presence and love. Enable us to breathe Your praises moment to moment and to hear You whisper in simple moments. All honor, glory, and praise belong to You, Lord Jesus, now and forever.