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What is it about the Christmas season that makes it easier to act like Scrooge than Mary of Nazareth? Honestly, sometimes the Christmas frenzy can bring out the worst in humanity.
If you’re anything like me, I typically spend the majority of the Advent season consumed with Christmas minutia. Schedules, relationships, obligations, finances – sometimes it’s more than overwhelming. And before you know it, you’re battling over parking spaces at Wal-Mart and trying to avoid titanic-size meltdowns in the mall play area. And even if you didn’t say it, you were certainly thinking ‘Bah Humbug!’
But for many women, Christmas is a difficult season because of more pressing issues. Old wounds, memories of lost loved ones, or even just simple, unmet expectations can easily dull the glitter and wonder of the holidays.
So, why is that so-called Christmas Spirit so elusive? Why is it so much easier to act like Scrooge than…say…Mary of Nazareth? For many of us, we simply don’t understand the true nature of the Christmas story and its implications for everyday of the year.
One woman who did understand the significance of celebrating the hope of Christmas was Mary. In Luke 1:46-55, the gospel writer records what scholars call the Magnificat, a song uttered by Mary after Gabriel broke the news that she would bear God’s Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38). A song constructed after a joyous reunion with her cousin Elizabeth, who rejoiced over her own miraculous pregnancy (Luke 1:29-45).
And even though the biblical writers don’t record very many of Mary’s words, what IS shared is significant and possibly even life-changing for you. Because this highly-favored woman gives us some clues about capturing the wonder of Christmas. In her song, Mary reveals four ways we can have a true Christmas heart.
Visit my website, Hive Resources, to discover Mary's tips for having a Christmas Heart (and HINT - it doesn't include giving gifts!)
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this book is a must have for all Christian families to strengthen their faith and conviction in our Creator. I really enjoyed studying it.
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