See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. (Isa. 65: 17– 19 NIV)
Heavenly Father, the long line at Costco gave me more than a chance to whine about the wait. Casual conversation with fellow shoppers once again highlighted the multiple ways the story of Christmas is told and experienced.
To start with, Bing Crosby was crooning, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas,” but on top of that I kept hearing this shopping cart refrain: “We can’t afford much Christmas this year” and “We’re downsizing Christmas this year.” I found myself grateful for the way you tell the story.
Father, we’re not the ones who “do” Christmas; you are, and there’s really nothing merely merry or little about the day. The size of our Christmas has absolutely nothing to do with how much discretionary money we have to spend on bigger and better gifts. How I praise you that every Christmas is huge, delightfully huge, irrespective of any economy or currency.
Through the gift of Jesus, you’ve promised to create a new heaven and new earth from the stuff of this very broken world— a new creation world in which you will find great delight. We praise you for your generosity and your joy, mighty Father.
You’ve promised to redeem a people from every race, tribe, tongue, and people group to live in that eternal world of peace and joy— a people in whom you find great delight and over whom you will rejoice forever. We praise you for your generosity and your joy, merciful Father.
Lord Jesus, I intend to fix my gaze on you today and not on my shopping cart. For you’re the object, author, and perfecter of our faith. It’s because you have come and are coming again that we live with the blessed assurance that all our sins have been wiped away and the glorious hope that all of our tears likewise will one day be wiped away. This is huge, delightfully huge! I pray in your holy and loving name. Amen.
Smith, Scotty (2011-09-01). Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 366). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.