A Christmas Lesson – Change

The baby lies in the manger while Mary and Joseph lovingly watch him. We see the shepherds returned to their flocks. And, the Wisemen went home to their regular lives. Did the experience of the miraculous birth change them in any way? The Bible does not indicate what happened to them, so we cannot answer the question.

Christmas Change

But, we can ask ourselves a similar question. Has the birth of Jesus changed our lives? Or do we pack the manger and the decorations away without another thought of the baby until Easter? So what kind of changes does the Christmas baby want to see in each of us? In my blogs during December, we looked at the characteristics of Christmas. The Christmas story teaches us about faith, hope, and love. And, the baby Jesus wants to change us into a people with faith, hope, and love that we demonstrate to those around us.

Now What?

So now, what do I do? Jesus, the Christmas baby, invites us to faith in Him. His royal birth sets us free from the slavery of the Old Testament laws. Faith allows us to live out our lives in hope and with love. Baby Jesus teaches us to hope as we witness His life unfold in the pages of the Bible. And, everything Jesus does in His life shows us how to love our neighbors and our enemies.

God offers us the best present ever; a baby wrapped in the swaddling cloth of our salvation. Click To Tweet

Now what? Since our Christmas has passed, we can still look for the gift found in the lowly manger. God offers us the best present ever; a baby wrapped in the swaddling cloth of our salvation. Without the manger, there is no cross. So, this year, as you pack away the Nativity set, remember to unwrap the gift of salvation. A gift Jesus teaches us to use every day of our lives in our service to Him.

Prayer

My Lord and Savior. Thank you for the gift of Jesus that very first Christmas. May we continue to seek Him every day of the New Year. May the lessons of Christmas stay with us each day, and may we spread the joy of the season to everyone we meet. Amen. 

Wishing you and your family a Blessed 2021. May the New Year bring us peace and joy and many Blessings.

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Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan is an author, blogger, and speaker.

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17 thoughts on “A Christmas Lesson – Change

  1. Janice D. Green – South Carolina – Janice D. Green writes Bible storybooks. She is the author and illustrator of The Creation, a Bible storybook illustrated with hand-appliqued quilt pictures. Her second book is The First Christmas. Janice is passionate about reaching young families with the message of the Bible through her Bible storybooks, her blogs, and Bible quilts. She is a retired elementary school librarian. Read her blog posts at: www.honeycombadventures.com www.hiswhisperings.com www.biblebites4teens.com www.biblebites4you.com
    Janice D. Green

    This Christmas is so different from our Christmases of previous years. It has forced many, myself included, to look more closely for Christ’s intervention in the way I see him and how I relate to the world around me.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Change is never easy and God can help us through it. He is such an important part of these difficult times. Thanks Janice. I pray you have a blessed New Year.

  2. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    Great questions–has His birth changed us? And what will we do now? Love this!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      So many celebrate Christmas without fully understanding the true meaning or significance of the birth of Christ. Thanks Nancy and have a blessed New Year

  3. I was thinking of this earlier today, and so you words hit home — “Has the birth of Jesus changed our lives? Or do we pack the manger and the decorations away without another thought of the baby until Easter? So what kind of changes does the Christmas baby want to see in each of us?” Thank you for the conviction and for shining light into what God needs me to see (and do!).

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It is so easy to fall into the trap of only thinking about Jesus on Christmas and Easter. May we always seek Him. Thanks Jessica and have a blessed New Year

  4. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, this is deeply beautiful. There is a Christmas song that includes lyrics about Jesus coming to earth with tears of dew, knowing what lay ahead. Truly, our joy goes so much deeper than the gift of Christmas. For the God of all creation laid down His life that we may live. Hallelujah! Oh what a Savior! God bless you and your family in 2021!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I pray for your new year to be full of blessings for you and your family. Thanks so much Melissa. You are a blessing

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    The lessons of this year were rich, soaking in an increased awareness of even greater intimacy with Christ. I learned about new ways to pray with my whole self. I discovered once more that no matter the hardship, Christ is with me, close and personal. I know that the Lord has changed everything about the way we interact with one another as a church (his body), for we have all come through a shared experience. These will all go with us into the coming year — greater empathy with others, greater awareness of the closeness of Christ, greater appreciation for prayers without any words, myself the prayer, and yet God can hear my heart. The Baby who became the Man who died for me comes with me everywhere I go.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      He goes with me everywhere I go too and He has changed me from the inside out. Thanks Melinda. May the Lord bless you and yours in the coming New year.

  6. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Managing Editor. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    I love musing on the lives of the biblical characters and what they must have experienced, even though God leaves those stories untold this side of heaven. It makes me wonder if, when we get to heaven, those stories will be told and we will laugh together about what we thought they went through, possibly getting some of it right and lots of it wrong. Nonetheless, to ponder is the stuff of our imaginations and that’s a fun thing to do – to dream, to write and to create stories that make people want to know God.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Very true Lisa. I hope we do get to hear the stories first hand. Thanks for commenting and I pray you have a blessed new year.

  7. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I am thankful for the babe born that precious night. I am thankful for His love and forgiveness. Happy New Year! 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Happy new year Melissa. His love is amazing. God bless.

  8. Beautifully said, Yvonne. Love how you expressed this: “Jesus, the Christmas baby, invites us to faith in Him. His royal birth sets us free from the slavery of the Old Testament laws. Faith allows us to live out our lives in hope and with love. “

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Karen. I pray you had a blessed Christmas and May the Lord guide you and protect you in the year ahead.

  9. Beautifully said, Yvonne. And like how you expressed this: “Jesus, the Christmas baby, invites us to faith in Him. His royal birth sets us free from the slavery of the Old Testament laws. Faith allows us to live out our lives in hope and with love.”

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