You may have noticed I added a "Christmas countdown counter" on the left-hand side ofmy blog. I had planned to wait until Christmas day to begin talking about my 2012 prayer focus, but it's been placed on my heart almost daily that I shouldn't wait. So . . . my 2012 prayer focus will be "A Year of Christmas."
I don't know all the in's and out's yet. I do know I've had some thoughts come to me that I need and want to explore more deeply. As Christians, we are called to be an "Easter people." And I so am! I am ecstatically, over the top grateful for the Cross. Don't get me wrong. But my focus in the year to come will be on the "before" of the Cross. It will begin with Mary, Joseph, Jesus the baby.
I'll be exploring my awe and wonder. I'll be asking myself - and God - how I can provide a Christmas blessing to someone else--whether that will be a prayer, a note, some act of kindness, etc., every day. So the focus will not be the commercial component that the world has made it. Rather, it will be about how can I share the gift of a tiny baby, born to a young girl over 2000 years ago.
It's mind-blowing, really! Don't you agree? I hope you'll join me in my journey of a year of Christmas living.
Blessings on your journey,