I’m someone who loves the holidays. I want to do all the holiday activities, like attending tree lightings, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with family. However, I’ve realized I have expectations about the holiday season that have disappointed me in the past. You might have some too.
Even beyond those six, you may have other expectations you’re not aware of. A friend told me about her first Christmas with her husband. He slept through Christmas morning while she and her family did their traditions, and she was really upset.
My friend hadn’t realized she’d expected her husband to wake up for breakfast on Christmas morning. Once she felt that disappointment, she discovered she’d had that expectation all along. Sometimes we don’t fully understand our expectations until they’re disappointed.
What might your expectations be this holiday season? Expectations often lead to disappointment. Before you go home for Christmas this year, think about some of the expectations you have for the season and write them down. Will losing one or all of
In Romans 5:5, the Bible tells us that there is a hope that doesn’t disappoint. When you learn to ground your joy in a personal relationship with God, life’s disappointments don’t all go away, but you’ll always have someone trustworthy you can continue to hope in.
Did Christ come to rescue us from a messy world full of injustice, fear and political unrest or was it something else?
Cru staff members wishing you a Merry Christmas in their heart language.
Neil Downey compares the week between Christmas and New Year's Day to our current era in history - the time between Christ's first and second coming.
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