I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas!
Tis the season where we gather together with friends and family to celebrate Christ. However we are living in a world that wants to pull Christ out of Christmas and make it all about commercialism. Even Thanksgiving has turned into an event where it’s not about families & friends gathering together expressing their thankfulness for all the Lord has done in their lives. Have you recently observed thanksgiving has taken a turn? Current trends have recognized that the millennial generation no longer wants to spend time with the family during thanksgiving, they would rather be spending time shopping and spending money they don’t really have. So the retailers in recent years have turned the holiday season into a time to promote the greatest deals and sell the best new gadgets. I pray that this view does not creep into our lives and into the church.
Let’s push aside the world’s quickly changing view of the Christmas season. I want us to think about having a white Christmas this year even if we don’t get any snow on Christmas day. Think about this with me for a moment. Snow is really quite remarkable. The purity of a fresh blanket of snow covers all filthiness and impurities in the landscape. We need to have a white Christmas where our motives, our actions, our conversations & especially our hearts are pure, each and every day of our lives. Not just during what we call the “Holidays”.
Jesus has come into our lives to cover our lives with a blanket of purity. And he wants to cleanse us from all unrighteousness as well. 1 Jn 1:19 If we confess our sins, he (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. O that the Lord would purify us from our sins, so we would be clean. That he would wash us, so we would be whiter than snow. Jesus is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle, a people that are without blemish.
God, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas where we as the church are cleansed from the ideas and mindsets of the world. Where we turn to you and we recognize the need to remain pure each and every day of our lives.
Let’s all have a White Christmas this year!

-Scott Patterson