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I Quit Devotion Day Fifty Nine

Isaiah 51:11

"Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness."

Christmas is exactly 7 days away.

Are you still shopping of the loved ones?  Are you still working on your gift or wish list?  Are you still planning your travel schedule?  Are you worried about delays that will happen due to wintery weather conditions?  Are you dreading family gatherings?  Are you planning your holiday meals?

Do you want to skip Christmas this year?

Mundane tasks become burdensome when you add stress to your daily routine.
The so called “tradition” of Christmas can sneak up on you and creates high level of stress.

However, we rarely think about the reason Christmas exists in the first place:  two thousand years ago a baby was born in a manger.

“… She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).” – Matthew 1:23

How many times do you think about this verse instead of your long shopping list or travel plans?

It is through Jesus Christ we have been ransomed and it is through Jesus Christ we will live in heaven where there is no sorrow or mourning.  It is filled with joy and gladness.  There will not be any grumpy New Yorker on the streets of rush hour.  There will be no tourist blocking your way as you navigate your way to Hotel Pennsylvania so you can get there on time for service.

I am very encouraged by Isaiah for sharing that God promises singing and everlasting joy in heaven.  We do not have to worry about our long shopping list.  We will not have to worry winter weather conditions.  We will not be late to service due to tourist traffic.

Today, I encourage you to remember the word “Immanuel.”  God is with you and me.  Therefore, be filled with joy and gladness during this season of holidays.


Annabell Lee will not skip Christmas this year but celebrate for Christ has come to bring joy and gladness.