Christmas is a time that means quite a number of different things to people, whether that be ‘ahh that stressful gift giving time’ or ‘yes! boxing day sales are coming up’ or ‘family time’ ‘public holiday double pay’ or even ‘meh doesn’t change anything except things aren’t open’ or ‘public holiday transport timetable #sadface’…. I don’t want to dwell upon the negatives, what good will that do for us? It won’t help us to become happier or more satisfied with life. For me Christmas is about remembering the birth of Jesus Christ.
Today we sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at church and I thought the lyrics were just so appropriate for how amazing God is. I find the concept so difficult to grasp that God chose us. Sometimes it’s easier to believe that God is just powerful and stays up and above not caring to what’s below- instead of a God who is yes very powerful but actually ALSO so full of love, mercy and compassion. How do I know this? Because through every trial, hardship and painful memory where I felt like there was no hope, God has always pulled me out of it. I can’t explain it but I could only see Plan A or Plan B and He somehow had Plan C. I know words can’t make a whole lot of difference sometimes, but sometimes all you need is an encounter. You can’t truly believe in God without experiencing Him. No one could ever make you believe in Him, but if you want to know him? Draw near to Him and He will reveal himself to you :)
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
My boyfriend and I went to see the Christmas lights last night! :) It was amazing. My first time checking it out and it was crowded! There were so many houses to look at and everyone who participated did such a great job in putting lots of effort to create such a special atmosphere. Below is just a quick glimpse of the different decorations!