HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THANKSMAS? 

christmas_merry_christmas-Wide 16x9I hadn’t until recently.  Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs and former Tampa Bay Rays manager, along with his wife, Jaye, help serve and greet many homeless in St. Pete every year.  The event occurs sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This year was the tenth anniversary of this meaningful meal started by Maddon due to a desire to help those less fortunate.  Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!  The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. Psalm 41:1 

I LOVE WHAT THE OLD COACH IS DOING AND I LOVE THE WORD—THANKSMAS.  The bible clearly speaks about having a thankful heart no matter what time of the year it is.  For example, And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.  For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.  And always be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)  So, combining that word with Christmas is absolutely incredible to me!  We all know the true meaning of Christmas.  But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.  Galatians 4:4  This, my friend, is what December is all about.  Actually, it works all year long…

SO, WHAT MIGHT THIS LOOK LIKE FOR US DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?  Here are some suggestions:

~Spend time alone with Jesus every day reading His Word and talking with Him

~Be intentional about caring for others

~Tell someone the Good News that Christ was born so He could die for our sins

~Be kind to your neighbor

~Sing, sing, sing, even if you can’t sing

~Date your mate

~Create a new holiday tradition

~Attend a Christmas Eve service and consider inviting someone to go with you

~Wear an ugly Christmas type sweater or even a Christmas suit 🙂

Hey, I love you, Merry Thanksmas!

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