Day 1 - God sets the stage. When?
Ephesians 1:3-10 - Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the
heavens in Christ. (4) For he chose us in him, before the foundation
of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. (5) He
predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself,
according to the good pleasure of his will, (6) to the praise of his
glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One. (7) In him
we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our
trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (8) that he richly
poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding. (9) He made known
to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he
purposed in Christ (10) as a plan for the right time—to bring
everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on
earth in him.
As a child I looked forward to Christmas rather selfishly. I loved the lights, the
family get-togethers and, of course, the gifts. As I’ve matured over the years, though, the
allure of Christmas has changed for me. The Christmas season now has become an
opportunity to reach out and love on others. To do it right you really need a plan and
usually it’s best to start making or buying presents as early as possible. To touch hearts
and encourage others takes effort.
God started planning for Christmas back before the formation of the Universe.