When Christ was born, so was our hope.

Of all the delights of the season, this is why I love Christmas. The event invites us to believe the wildest of promises.

God became one of us so we could become one with him!

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation... (Colossians 1:21-22).

In this season of glory, remember that the Bethlehem baby has chosen your heart for his home.[Max's Thank You]

May this prayer be yours:

My Heart, Your Manger
Like the stable in which you lay,
my heart is simple, frail as hay.
But if you would within me stay,
Make my heart your manger, I pray.

Make my world your Bethlehem,
centerpieced with heaven’s Son.
Make this night a shepherd’s sky,
quickened bright with holy dawn.

Rush the air with cherub wings.
Brush this earth. Let angels sing.
A glimpse of your face. A taste of your grace.
Be born in this place.

I pray.


Merry Christmas!

Remember, the Bethlehem baby has chosen your heart for his home.

We are thankful that Max allows us to share his material on Heartlight.org. The thought shared above was part of Max's 2016 personal thank you to his UpWords readers. It included this additional note:

It’s this very message of hope that UpWords spreads: a message of God’s Christmas promise to be read and heard all year long. I want to thank you for your commitment to sharing this good news. Your support of UpWords encourages me personally and blesses tens of thousands who read and hear reminders of God’s hope year round. I’m grateful for your partnership in this blessed adventure of ministry.

Special thanks for the use of the Jesus images in Heartlight's posts to Free Bible Images and the The Lumo Project.