Home for Christmas – A Different Celebration

Coming Home for Christmas

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Will you be home for Christmas? Many of us have been home most of the year and this Christmas might be an unusual one if you normally gather with a large crowd. The song lyrics read, “There’s no place like home for the holidays,” but this year may present conflicts of joy and challenges. As there will be family members who are home and those who are unable to join the Christmas celebrations and traditions due to travel restrictions, health concerns, and other reasons.

Home is often considered a place where there’s warmth and acceptance. A location that no matter how far you may go, you will always be welcomed back. As all of us seek acceptance, love, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. During Advent, we look to anticipate the coming of Christ. As Christmas Eve and Day descends, we revisit the arrival of the Messiah as He came down to be with us. Surrounded by this terrific love we see where a new world can be easily had with love for our neighbors and ourselves. A place that is transformed because of God’s love for us. Because if we chose to embrace and understand Jesus, as our Emmanuel, we fully realize that “God is with us” and this solidifies our faith and grounds our spirit preparing us to walk on both earth and into our eternal abode.

Come Home!

Christmas time is where God says, “Come home.” As we look to the Old Testament, we are reminded that David wanted to build God a home. A place where He could always dwell. But God had a different plan. God wanted to build His home in the realities of the world we live in, not a lofty palace. He chooses to come among us to live where it isn’t always pretty and for the most part, far from grand. David wanted God’s home to be on a mountain, but instead, God chose a poor young girl, a feed trough, and the backcountry of Galilee. He chooses weddings, funerals, celebrations, and sick rooms to call His home. God chooses home to be where His believers are whether that is on the streets, in the prisons, or the hospitals. He chooses the broken, sometimes healed, and a place where hearts are lifted.

God wants His home to be ours. Not just the living room but the kitchen, bedroom, and the storage building in the back. Our Savior calls to us at Christmas that He is coming home. Just like He sent the message to Mary, He says to us too, “Greetings favored ones! I am with you! I am coming home to be with you for Christmas and for all times. He only asks that we make room for Him in our busy lives. He doesn’t ask for more as He is willing to take what we are willing to give. And the angel stands to the side waiting too, for our answer, asking, will we allow Him to come home with us?

Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Luke 1:28 (NLT)

Promises of Life

Christmas, the celebration of the long-awaited news that the Messiah is here and wants to make His home on earth among us. As He comes to us, He provides another promise of home, an eternal one for the exchange of our belief. We often celebrate Christmas with the finest of things we can gather, but God doesn’t ask us for that. He wants to simply reside within each of us no matter the brokenness that our life may have experienced.

When we take the time to realize that Christ wants to be not just in our world, but our life, we realize the astounding. As the God of all creation wants to live within us. We may think that our abilities, experiences, or education make us unlikely candidates for not only His service but a place for Him to call home. But this is God’s choice, and we should never limit His choices for He can use each one of us if we trust Him to.

Making a Home for Christ

As we become nearer to the Christmas celebration let us make room for God focusing upon Him not just on this day, but in the days to come. He asks for nothing more than us to make room for Him in our busy life. When we center ourselves with God, we have a solid foundation and knowledge that God is within us during all times. He is with us no matter where we may roam as He makes His home with us.

During this Christmas time let us remember that the promises of God always ring true as we make room for Him and allow Him to be within us. Let us expect the impossible and grasp the possibilities of things to come. Our lives bear brokenness but also beauty so let us shout of the great things He does for us.

Won’t you accept the challenge to let God come home for Christmas within you? Solidify your convictions based on the promises of God, both revealed and those yet to come. Find your motivation in knowing that the God of all creation wants to reside in you. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that God sent His son to live on earth and make His home with us so He can prepare our eternal home with Him.

Let us passionately believe that “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (KJV)

Love in Christ

E.J.

Postscript

Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.

Pierce Brown

Extra Study

2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Luke 1: 26 – 3,47-55; Romans 16:25 – 27

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What does coming home for Christmas mean to you? Are you embracing Emmanuel, God with us” within your life? Is your Christmas too busy to let God in? Share your thoughts about the joy found when you allow God to make His home within you.

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