The holidays are special for several reasons, and one of the most important is coming home to family and friends. All year long, we have experienced ups and downs, so it is relieving to know we can be with loved ones and friends who want to spend time with us to catch up on all of life’s happenings and warmly give best wishes for the year to come.
As much as we relish these experiences, it is amazing to ponder that they do not have to end. God wants us to be with him for all time so that these feelings of security and love will last forever.
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
What is the fondest memory you have with family?
These remind us of what is really important to us, the feeling of being included in relationships and part of a family. We can learn from the Bible what is most important to God is not different. Verse 13 says that from the beginning of time God has desired for you to be included in his family.
Who can you build new memories of family with? What can you do?
In verse 17, the Bible teaches that WE are actually STRENGTHENED when we make decisions to encourage people by doing good to make a difference in their lives.
This holiday season, let’s make new memories, and enjoy time spent with family and friends! But this year, let’s create special memories of time spent with God. Make it a habit of escaping the hustle and bustle of life by enjoying God’s word while sipping your mocha. Let’s make our way outside to walk and talk to God. Let down with him about our needs and feelings. He wants to hear us. And he will provide us hope and security that we can share with others, those who are looking for family too.
- Ephesians 1:3-6
- 2 Samuel 22:30-32
- John 4:351 Peter 5:7
- Psalm 57 (notice v.8, early in prayer)
- John 4:35
- Philippians 2:1-11