A Season of Renewal (Isaiah 40:31)

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A survey showed that 84 percent of the people in the United States want a less materialistic holiday season. I suspect the same is true of people in many other countries. But when all roads seem to lead to the shopping malls, what is the pathway toward a more spiritual and meaningful celebration of Christ’s birth?

Some church leaders suggest that we put more attention on the observance of Advent, the 4-week period before Christmas. Instead of filling those days with activity and ending up physically and spiritually depleted, we need to recall that “those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with winds like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Even with a busy calendar of school and church programs, and family reunions, we can still carve out time to “wait on the Lord” and to concentrate on the true meaning of this season. We can determine to make the most of our times of daily Bible reading and prayer, and to give people priority over things.

As we take time to focus on Christ’s birth and to strengthen our relationship with Him, this time of year can become a season of renewal instead of exhaustion. – David McCasland

Take time this Christmastide to go

A little away apart,

And with the hands of prayer prepare

The house that is your heart. – Anon.

A Christless Christmas is like a counterfeit dollar.

  • November 23, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread
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