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But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. – Luke 2:19 (NIV)

Christmas is filled with wonder. I love seeing the wonder of Christmas in a child’s eyes. Wonder at Christmas is as old as the night of Jesus’ birth. The shepherds wondered at the announcement of the angels. Mary wondered at the report of the shepherds. Here’s my Christmas prayer: Lord, never let us lose the wonder of Christmas.

We cannot lose the wonder of the past event. We ought to wonder at the fact that God planned before the foundations of the world every detail of Jesus’ coming. Men of God prophesied these details centuries before His coming. We must not lose the wonder that God filled this past event with purpose.  With Jesus’ coming, God purposed that Jesus would be our Savior.

We cannot lose the wonder of the present possibility. Because of Jesus’ coming, we all have the present possibility for salvation. Without Jesus, there is no possibility for salvation. We all have the possibility of real joy and peace. Though these words fill greeting cards, they are meaningless without His coming.

We cannot lose the wonder of the potential for the future. Christmas reveals miracles. If God can be incarnate in our world, what else can He do? Christmas is a time for wondering, treasuring, and pondering.

Don’t ever lose the wonder of Christmas!

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Dr. Steve Horn
Steve Horn serves as the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette from June 2005 through May 2019. Dr. Horn has served in numerous national and state denominational positions including President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2014-2015 and President of the Executive Board of the LBC in 2010-2011. He is married to Linett and they have two sons, Joshua and Dru.

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