Christmas Meditations with Author Linda Gilden
Have you ever looked up the phrase Christmas rush? I just did that. I saw pictures of people buried in lights that didn’t work, or under a pile of packages. One picture had Santa Claus pointing to a clock. Another showed a distressed lady surrounded by piles of bows and ribbons. The one I liked the best was shoppers pushing carts heaped with gifts. One lady in the foreground is trying to hold a package in place as she hurried to the register. Shopping can be a huge distraction for me this time of year. After all, we are celebrating the birth of Christ. Right after Jesus arrival here as a baby, God saw fit to send an angel chorus to earth to sing:
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Without a doubt, this his message of peace was pretty important. God didn’t send angel choruses often in history. He was announcing hope for our broken world, yet sometimes I get forget and still get caught up in the craziness of the holiday. How can we keep our focus and not get obliterated by the holiday?
Author Linda Gilden shares thoughts from her newest book and meditations from her newest book, Words to Live By.
Learn more about Linda here.
1:40 Discuss the word joyful.
3:45 How can we continue to rejoice despite the horrors going on around us?
6:05 Abide is often mentioned in John 15. Discuss how that word can impact our thoughts.
7:50 Romans 1 discusses how serious it can be to stop being thankful. Share how thankfulness can permeate our lives.
9:05 Things around us don’t last. How can we keep our focus on the eternal?
11:35 Share about a servant mindset
13:50 How can we celebrate Christ’s birth appropriately?