celebrating hope

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever…”    Isaiah 9:6-7

Hello friends! I hope this post finds you well, cuddling up with your family in Christmas PJs!

After all of the parties and the shopping and ugly sweaters and Christmas TV specials – IT IS HERE! Christmas Eve is always the most exciting – the height of the build up.  Under the tree the presents are still piled high and everyone is finally home and together.

Tonight, as I sit with my in-laws and husband (and watch Die Hard – their “Christmas” movie lol) I am reflecting on the hope that this Prince of Peace brings to us.  He promises to give us peace unlike the fading peace that the world gives (John 14:27).  This peace pours out of the promise that in him all bad things are coming untrue – that the brokenness of the world is being pulled back together – that our own hearts are turning again from stone to flesh.  I pray that tonight as you relish these last moments of anticipation, you are caught up in the ultimate hope that it all points to.

Tonight we celebrate a hope come true in a tiny baby, and continue in that hope as we await His return!

“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.” J.I. Packer

Very Merry Christmas to each of you! I hope you spend precious time with family!

Love,

Lauren

 

My month-long Christmas build-up, in photographs… 

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