‘T is the season to be jolly.

For everything there is a season, a time for everything under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.   A time to plant and a time to harvest.   A time to kill and a time to heal.   A time to tear down and a time to build up.   A time to cry and a time to laugh.   A time to grieve and a time to dance.   A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather stones.   A time to embrace and a time to turn away.   A time to tear and a time to mend.   A time to be quiet and a time to speak.   A time to love and a time to hate.   A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work?   I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.   Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.   For He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

“He has planted eternity in the human heart.”

I think we all have than sense of eternity in our heart.   We can’t quite grasp what it means, how it will look, what it will be like.

We all know that one day, we will shuffle off this mortal coil; that day is inevitable, it will come for us all.   And, you know, we kind of sense that that’s when eternity will start.

There’s a reason for the season … ‘tis the season to be jolly.

For everything there is a season, a time for everything.

Maybe it’s your time – your time to choose – your time to choose what kind of eternity you’d like to have!

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Around 2017 years ago – it was time – but so many missed it!

For so many, it was the season to be jolly – the inn was full – but they missed the reason for the season.   You can imagine it, can’t you – the inn was full, the music was playing, the drinks were flowing, they certainly knew how to put Merry into Christmas.

A knock on the door, have you booked?   No?   Sorry, we’re full – we can’t take any more!

But for those two, they were struggling.   Heavily pregnant, having walked for three days and 70-odd miles, they could go no further – it had to be the stable.   Smelly and dark, messy and uncomfortable.   It was the season to be jolly – and this was the reason.

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And they missed it.   And the laughter and the merriment lasted only a moment, then came the mess.   The headache, the throwing up, the cleaning up, the sickness and the slow slide to a sudden death.

They missed it.   But the pain and the discomfort lasted only a moment, then came the miracle – the joy, the tears of happiness, the pure, the perfect, the precious radiant beauty of a new birth, and the sudden leap into a new life.   THE reason for the season.

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time.   For He has placed eternity in the human heart.”

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What kind of eternity would you like to have?

We all like to put the Merry into Christmas – and there’s nothing wrong with that.   But don’t miss the reason for the season.   Don’t miss your chance to choose what kind of eternity you’d like to have.

May we pray …

May you take a leap of faith today; may you take Christ into your heart and follow Him, as you put Merry into Christmas.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.