Wendy Nowak | Director of Chapel Kids
Jesus. Immanuel. God with us. What beautiful Names that are above EVERY name. He is with us. And no other Name can save us.
So, spoiler alert! Christmas is right around the corner.
The worldly, daily, unceasing schedules, the ticking clock, overloaded calendar, constant needs, hourly decisions, unexpected heartbreak,or recurring heartache may feel heavy or even unbearable. Or maybe it’s simply mundane, and you are coasting through without much thought, doing what you want, just getting by. Or maybe you are taking sustaining moments of stillness in the presence of God.
I pray that you will take time to be still and ponder Jesus’ arrival. I have gone so far as to place His names on our tree and around our home to reset our focus, to keep my eyes on Him, and to redirect our thoughts toward Him.
No matter what is behind you, hanging over you, or ahead of you, there is a powerful Savior Jesus, upon whom you can call today.
- The One who hears every cry and promises to wipe away every tear. (Psalm 18:6, Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4)
- The Almighty Authority over all, who hung the stars and calls them by name. (Matt 28:18, Philippians 2:9-11, Psalm 147:3-5)
- The One who shaped and formed you and ordained every day of your life and wrote them in His book. (Psalm 139:13-18)
- The One who sustains and upholds His people. (Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 63:5-8)
- The Rock. The Deliverer. The Strong Tower. The Great I Am. (Psalm 18, John 18:4-6)
- The Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
He is all that and so much more.
He came in love for you and for me. He hears and sees and He never slumbers or sleeps.
I challenge you to call on His name this Christmas. Choose one of His many beautiful names in His Word and study who He is. As you know God’s character, and as you look at Jesus – who is the image of the invisible God, who showed us the Father – you will begin to get a foretaste of
Glory Divine, a tiny glimpse of His great glory and power. You will see His love, grace, truth, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, restoration, hope, joy and more. And He will help you know and trust Him with whatever is behind, beside, and before you this day. I have seen it in my life, and I have seen it in the lives of others. He is the Faithful One, the Joy-Giver.
And even though we are two weeks into December, you are never too late to bless your own heart and your family through moments of celebrating advent.
Advent is the arrival of someone or something notable or noteworthy. Christians celebrate the greatest arrival in all history – Jesus Incarnate – God in the flesh, come to dwell among us. And we look forward to His soon-coming arrival for His people.
I challenge you to ask God to help you carve out time each day to point your heart, mind and will, and those of your family, toward celebrating advent – the arrival of our King and Savior and His imminent return. Learn of Him through Scripture and meditate on His great and powerful names.
To help you do that, our Chapel Kids Ministry has gathered a few resources that we believe can help you and your kids and grandkids focus on Jesus and others this Christmas.
- Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional– Written by local author and member of The Chapel in Green, Asheritah Ciuciu, this advent resource is designed for your family to celebrate and worship together or individually. Check the Resource Center for copies at church.
- Focus On the Family’s Celebrate the Advent
- December’s Homefront Magazine is filled with Christmas and Advent ideas for your families – magazines are around the building, or visit their website and search Advent.
- Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Guide – free download to print. Coincides with Jesus Storybook Bible.
- Parent Cue Advent
May you be blessed and lifted up and kept by Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He is with us by His spirit, and He is coming soon! Share His good news with yourself and with someone else.
Oh, come quickly, Lord Jesus!