That’s a Wrap

We have just wrapped up Christmas. The big day has come and gone. But let’s allow the beauty of the gift to remain. The Heart of Christmas was here, and the gifts He brought to us can remain in our hearts all year. The hope, love, joy, and peace that graced the world when Jesus entered it do not need to be packed up with the Christmas decorations. The Savior did not come for just one day of the year, He came for every day of the year. Take the Heart of Christmas into your heart and find life abundant—a life that is filled with love, joy, hope, and peace, even in the most difficult of times. As we come to the end of 2021, let’s wrap things up with beauty. Let’s wrap our hands around the hand that will never let us go.

©Text and photo Francee Strain, published December 27, 2020. Revised December 27, 2021.

Remember the Way

Thoughts are beginning to turn to Easter-season celebrations.  Events for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday are scheduled on the calendar.  People are buying eggs, candy, and Easter outfits.  Family gatherings and menus are being discussed.  Traditions are being dusted off.  Yes, we remember the way to do these things year after year, but do we remember THE WAY of Easter?  Do we remember the way of the cross and the suffering of the Savior?  Do we remember the way He left the tomb and brought us great cause for rejoicing?  Do we expectantly remember the way He will return for those who believe in Him?  Sometimes we forget and need to be reminded. 

This time of year, we should remember how God completed an important part of His plan in order to have a relationship with us.  Do we remember who God is—that He is God—the creator of all, ruler of all, sustainer of all, and there is none else?  Do we remember who we are—sinful, selfish people who have gone our own way and left Him behind?  Do we remember that God made a way through Jesus to connect us to His heart forever?  This time of year, let’s focus on remembering THE WAY.  Let us remember that Jesus is THE WAY, the truth, and the life.  Let us remember His death on the cross to atone for all of our sins and give salvation to anyone who desires it.  Let’s remember that He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us, every season, every day.  Let’s remember and share the good news of eternal life which awaits all who will place their trust in Him. 

The world around us is shifting sand.  Rules, regulations, and relationships are changing and slipping away, but the truth of God never changes.  We can be easily deluded, deceived, and distracted by the things of the world, but God is surety.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.1  Although people are trying to redraw the blueprints to fit whatever their desires are, there is no variation or shifting shadow with God.2  He is the rock on whom we can build a sure foundation.  He is a secure hope.  He is a solid path.  He is the love that will not let us go.  He is forever.  He is THE WAY. 

Remember THE WAY.  Remember HIM. 


“He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, 

‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” 

And they remembered His words.3


NOTES

1 Hebrews 13:8

2 James 1:17

3 Luke 24:6–8, taken from the New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Scripture for further reading—Isaiah 46:9, Lamentations 3:21–25, John 2:22

©Original text and photo Francee Strain, March 28, 2021

That’s a Wrap

We have just wrapped up Christmas. The big day has come and gone. But let’s allow the beauty of the gift to remain. The Heart of Christmas was here, and the gifts He brought to us can remain in our hearts all year. The hope, love, joy, and peace that graced the world when Jesus entered it do not need to be packed up with the Christmas decorations. The Savior did not just come for one day of the year, He came for every day of the year. Take the Heart of Christmas into your heart and find life abundant—a life that is filled with love, joy, hope, and peace, even in the most difficult of times. As we come to the end of 2020, let’s wrap things up with beauty. Let’s wrap our hands around the hand that will never let us go.

©Text and photo Francee Strain, December 27, 2020