For the last several years I’ve really struggled with Christmas; because Christmas seems to be shrouded in materialism…rather than Christ. Sales and Stuff!Stores shout sales and papers ring discounts and commercials promote spending (always spending)…and I wrestle with how to keep Christ in Christmas. This time of year can become a three ring circus if we are not intentional about how and on what we spend our time. I don’t want Christmas to be a production of perfection…grand trees, grand parties, and grand gifts.
I want to strip away all the fluff and make room for the magnificent…Christ! I want a simple Christmas (like God’s Son’s simple birth) that sings Jesus…not excess! I want my focus squarely on Emmanuel! I want to bless others and show God’s light to this world.
I did something this year I’ve never done before I hosted a Bible study in my home. A Bible study by Liz Curtis Higgs entitled The Women of Christmas as a way to slow and stay focused on Christ.
Tuesday nights, I dimmed the lights, lit a few candles, and laid out a few refreshments.Each week, a group of us women gathered together and read a chapter of Liz’s book. To keep it simple all the reading was done at my house…no outside work…no pressure…and no stress! I printed the scriptures that were used in each chapter on slips of paper, and each time a verse was referenced whomever held that scripture read it…an interactive Bible study.
An amazing study written by a talented author and a wonderful Christian woman! It’s not to late to pick up a copy of The Women of Christmas and take a close look at the lives of the Women of Christmas.