Greetings STS Friends. I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Season. We have lots of new and exciting things happening here and will be sending an E-Letter soon. For now…please enjoy this guest post from our National Leader, Carol Weaver from snowy Pennsylvania!
Home for the Holidays! That’s a familiar theme throughout December. Back in 1975 (OK, go ahead and figure out how old I am!! , I was in my final year of nursing school. I still clearly see the memory sketched sentimentally in my mind’s eye. We, some of my fellow nursing students and I, were sitting in a “psych rotation” classroom just a few days before Christmas. We began talking about going home for Christmas and the longings swelled with emotion while some eyes even filled with tears. “I’ll be home for Christmas” was the song in our hearts.
I’ve been thinking about family, Jesus’ family. Lineage meant A LOT to the Jewish people. Jesus’ genealogy fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. His ancestry line included some rather shady characters, as well as some stained reputations. Just like some of our families. But they are still family.
I have three precious foster grandchildren. My daughter and son-in-law have opened their hearts and home to these little ones. Because, you see, everyone needs a family. God planned it that way.
Look at this from Ephesians 1:4-7, The Message:
“Long before God laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son. Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His blood poured out on the alter of the cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!”
There you have it!
Jesus gave up His heavenly home so that we can become a part of His forever family.
My prayer is that this truth will shape the ways we celebrate this Christmas.
May God, our Father, bless you and yours with peace and joy.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year,
Carol and the entire leadership team of Surrendering the Secret!