As the countdown chaos winds down and not to mention the endless to do lists are checked off, may we stop and remember what the Christmas story is all about.

Paul David Tripp wrote, “May we remember the glorious results of the coming of the Christ child to earth. That Jesus came and endured so much for you and me so that we could have forever what we never could have earned, deserved, or achieved on our own.”

 This is a time of celebration and reflection. A time to remember He is our greatest gift and our lives are gifts from God. What we do with them is our gift in return.

I have several prayers this New Year but my top three include: 

1.   To identify my talents and resources to be used to help others on their life journey. To stop and view people through a different lens and extend Christ’s love and compassion.

2.   That the spirit of Christmas lives in my heart every day. Charles Dickens wrote,” Oh, would that Christmas lasted the whole year through, as it ought. That the spirit of Christmas could live within our hearts every day of the year. “

3.   To experience the Wonder of God. To be alert and conscious of the wondrous displays revealing more of God. In the book “Wonderstruck” by Margaret Feinberg she writes, “ I prayed for wonder. And God did not disappoint. For me, a prayer for wonder asks the Lord to expand my capacity to see and savor the divine gifts all around. .. Often when God answers a prayer for wonder, the tone and tenacity with which we live our lives changes. Holiness beckons. Divine expectation flourishes. Hope returns. Love abounds. In response, we awaken, toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended for us. We live alert to the wonders all around us and within us that expand our desire to know God more.”