Nothing special stood out about the day, it was simple, ordinary, and uneventful. The sun rose and set exactly the same as every other day. I knew it was Christmas from the date on my phone. I would love to tell you my non-traditional Christmas had a traditional ending. Thankfully, it did not! There were no presents carefully wrapped under the tree to rip open in haste. There was no family to rush and see with a million cakes, cookies, and pies. No parties, no fanfare, the day was simply Himself and me cleaning out the basement with homemade enchiladas to follow. Had my Christmas been traditional, only December 25th, you would find me sulking in a deep depression right now. Had I not intentionally set out to see Christ in a new way this season, the most wonderful time of the year would be the worst.
When I intentionally, purposefully seek Him, He is easy to find; He is wonderful. Our savior hides in plain sight. When we look, He is right there.
Through exploring my non-traditional holiday life, I found a Christmas season, not just a day.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Christmas is no different. I wanted to find Him, and I did. I journeyed into the heart of Bethlehem, made room in the inn of my heart, knelt before my King, and looked full into His wonderful face. I saw the face of a God who loved me so much even though I’m flawed, broken, angry, and full of unforgiveness. He loved me so much that He sent His only Son to ransom me from the bondage that keeps me from seeing Him in full glory.
“For God so loved the world (me) that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever (me) believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (me). John 3:16 (emphasis mine)
I am set free!
I am free to be refined.
I am free to be whole.
I am free from anger and fear.
I am forgiven, and I am free to forgive.
I am so loved, that He gave His only son.
He came so I might live. I owe Him all praise, all honor, and belief. The belief that my chains are gone, and it’s time to walk in the freedom He came to bring.
The Christmas season marks God breaking through, into my world. “O come, O come, Immanuel and ransom captive Israel.” I needed a Savior, and He came!
Christmas is the beginning of the year, not the end.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made His dwelling with us.” John 1:1;14
Christmas is not the finish line. Yes, it comes at the end of our calendar year when we, as humans, in our limited world, wrap-up loose ends. He made all things new through His non-traditional birth. He took our limits away that day; He broke through the barrier of tradition. He broke the rules and regulations and began a non-traditional work in a traditional world. Jesus was non-traditional long before me.
Let’s do a new thing this year, let’s begin again. Let’s be non-traditional together! After all, this is a journey. Let’s journey into the limitless.
What do I do with the rest of the year?
I intend to live perpetually with the Christmas season close at heart. He invites me to peek into His world every day. He calls me to see his face daily, not just at Christmas. He beckons me to keep the room at the inn of my heart open for Him always.
Explore His love and freedom today and believe that God so loved the world…
What’s holding you back? What chains do you know He has broken, yet you still walk in unbelief, tethered only to yourself? In what box do you keep our non-traditional, unlimited savior? I challenge you to keep your Christmas gift out all year long, don’t put Him back into the garage with all the other Christmas decorations. Keep Christmas in your heart!
This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long!
What a perfect place to start!
**Share your journey into this non-traditional new year with me!! Don’t walk alone. Please feel free to contact me, if you would like, via email, email@example.com. Let’s walk together, there is strength in numbers!