A Kids’ Christmas: Declutter Chaos and Embrace Joy By Sherry Gareis Oh, to be a kid again! Many of us wish for a time long gone by of Saturday morning cartoons in jammies, playing outside until the lights came on and worrying about nothing more than if Mom was going to catch you and your BFF giggling too loudly in the middle of the night. Where oh where have the simpler times gone? Daily life today doesn’t remotely resemble the simplicity that was the days of old, and this has spilled into the holiday season, which has morphed into a stream of hurry, confusion and exhaustion. We don’t even stop long enough to see lights twinkling; they’ve become nothing more than a blur. The joy of being in the ‘now’ – slowing down long enough to celebrate each moment – is lost. Even more distressing is that we’re imparting. . .
Dying, Waking God meant us to live forever. But sin has broken everything and now we– all of us–die. Jesus came to destroy death. He died on the cross and was buried-but death couldn’t keep him dead. On the third day he burst out of the tomb! And now death can’t keep us dead either. The preacher Charles Spurgeon said that Jesus has turned the tomb into a bed- and dying into just waking up. We will still die. But after we die, we will wake-as if from a refreshing night’s sleep-and Jesus will lead us by the hand into Life that won’t ever end. – p. 105, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones & Jago
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