city sidewalks

It’s that time of year again. We’ve gone full circle since last year. Things may seem the same. They may not. They may be the exact same for you (or at least seem to be), but things are completely different for me.

I’m not the same person I was a year ago. I’ve changed. Jesus changed me. He’s still changing me. It’s been adventurous, not knowing what’s around that next corner. It’s been trying and hard when one is being refined by the truth of the gospel. And it’s been beautiful. How could it not be?

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile

I was walking down Nicolette Mall the other day when I realized that they had put up their Christmas décor this past weekend.

Dressed in holiday style

Christmas is coming.

Silver bells

My most favorite time of the year

It’s Christmas time in the city

I love most things about Christmas (minus the commercialism and materialistic side): the bell ringers on the street corners, the lit-up snowflakes gracing the light poles along the Mall, garland, white lights, ribbon, Nativities (there is a beautiful hand-carved/sculpted one in the window display of the Catholic Charity Center on 12th Street) and maybe even a real Christmas snow. But it’s while walking among the decorations and the cheeriness that I fear I may, at times, exclude Jesus.

There may be a few days where my mood doesn’t match the season, a day where I take everything for granted or a moment when I wonder how much I’ll be getting for Christmas this year. Have I pushed him into the background with my greed and pride?

All of those things are good in and of themselves and God wants us to enjoy them, but not at the cost of dethroning him from his rightful place in our lives. Take a moment to ask God’s to lead us to hear what he wants us to hear, to give what he wants us to give, without your own pride and greed in the mix. We can’t stop the thoughts that betray us on our own. We need Jesus, the Son of God and man, who gave it all to take our sins to the cross.

My prayer is that you’ll find him this holiday season. Seek and you shall find

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