I have a devotion publishing today at Encouragement for Today about the man who almost missed Christmas. Can you figure out who that was? Pop over and read it if you haven't yet.
My hope is that it will bring you some hope this Christmas, no matter how things are shaping up at this point in the week.
I always have an idyllic notion of Christmas in my head. Maybe it's because I was raised in family that owned a chain of Hallmark stores. Or maybe it's because I've seen too many holiday movies on the Hallmark channel. (Anybody but me have a slight addiction to sappy, sweet holiday stories?)
I don't expect my actual holidays to match the idyllic ones I dream up in my head. Nonetheless I also never consider that I might spend Christmas sick with the flu. Or having a car accident that nearly totaled my car days before Christmas. Or getting stuck in a snow storm. Yet each of those have happened to me and gave me the distinct feeling that I might miss Christmas that year.
Of course it's impossible to miss Christmas when He is in your midst. That's the beauty of Emmanuel.
Leave a prayer request for whatever issues you are facing, or whatever Christmas plans you are making and I'll pray for you today. As you leave your comment, read the one posted ahead of yours and pray for them too. Because where three or more gather in His Name, He has promised to be in their midst. Merry Christmas!
PS. For a little Christmas gift to you, your figure and your health, see my last post. Just had to share the bargain!