Conntecting the Dots

Why Christmas Brings Bliss to Me

Christmas week has arrived! We finally put up our tree and a few decorations yesterday, so things are lookin’ festive around here. This morning I rose early and sat on my favorite leather loveseat with Bible and coffee in hand. The tree’s lights cast a soft glow across the room. Ah, bliss!

our 2011 Christmas tree

You know what else is bliss for me? Celebrating the reality of Emmanuel – God with us – on a daily basis. Frankly, I can scarcely fathom the depth of God’s love. Imagine a love so compelling, so passionate, so unfailing that it motivated Him to clothe Himself in humanity and take up residence on earth.

Yes, God became man and moved into the neighborhood. He became like us in every way, excluding the sinful part, because He values us and yearns for relationship with us. His actions cut the chains of sin and its destructive, deadly influence in our lives.

We’re forgiven and free! We need no longer fear death, for it’s now merely the door through which we must pass to reach home. We need no longer be held captive to addictions or to a painful, shame-filled past. We need no longer struggle with those lousy attitudes and behaviors that complicate our lives. Instead, we’re free to embrace life as fully as God intended and to aspire to His highest purposes and plans. Is that bliss, or what?

As you celebrate the season, take a moment to think about these words, found in Zephaniah 3:17: “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Emmanuel – God with us. Amazing.

Ponder what God’s presence means to you this season, my friend. May the lyrics to this song bless you as you think about the meaning of Emmanuel. And celebrate with joy!

PS: Check back every day this week — I’ll share more links to my favorite Christmas tunes. What are your favorites? Post them on if you wish.

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