Getting ready for christmas

The lights, the gifts, the stockings, the decorations. People all around us are getting ready for Christmas.

But beyond the shopping and cooking and cleaning, will your heart be ready for Christmas?

The baby who was born in Bethlehem brings everything our hearts need. So let’s be sure to focus on why he came. To save us. To make us God’s children. To bring us joy. To give us heaven.

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