You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

The Monday After Sunday, December, 23 2012: Christmas Wrappings: Wrapped in Humanity

By Dawn Kelley

Have you ever been in your personal prayer time and you are connecting with God on a completely different level? Almost as if you are sitting right there on His lap talking to Him and hearing His voice respond  … and then it was time to go.

Now can you imagine sitting in the presence of God enjoying His Company, listening to the angels sing His praises? All of a sudden God turns to you and says, “I have a plan.” “You are leaving my side tonight and you are going to go and save the world. Here’s the catch, you will go into the world as a helpless little baby.”

I cannot begin to comprehend that conversation.  Jesus was there in the beginning, when the darkness loomed over the world — when God spoke light into a dark world. He formed it all and the whole time Jesus was there with God.  Now I’m sure that God had this plan in motion from the beginning; he knew that humanity, His creation made in His image, would turn from the light He offered and run into the uncertainty of darkness.

Jesus was leaving a glorious place to live among sinners in a dark and uncertain world.  He was wrapped in humanity — fully human and fully God — for me, for you!

My plea is the same as Pastor Joe’s: “Don’t let Christmas pass without knowing why He came and what that has to do with you! He was wrapped in humanity so we wouldn’t have to live in darkness.”

Ye,s living in light reveals some ugly things, but I would rather walk in a light and uncertain world than stumble around in a dark and uncertain world.

I cannot neglect to voice a reminder of the amazing “invitation” God has sent us in a beautiful baby boy. He was born in a manger because there was no room in the inn. As He grew older He was rejected and not reconized by many.

Let’s make some room in the inn of our lives for Jesus. We have not been forgotten; let’s not forget Him this Christmas season.

Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.

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