Over the Hills and Everywhere

With much anticipation—for the whole month of December—you have been preparing for Christmas day. You have trimmed trees, strung colorful lights, and hung stockings with care. You have baked delicious treats, mailed Christmas cards, wrestled crowded shopping malls to find the perfect presents, and attended multiple Christmas parties with coworkers, friends, and family. Perhaps you’ve even had some quiet moments to watch a favorite Christmas movie, wrapped up in front of a crackling fire and sipping a cup of hot cocoa!

Hopefully, you’ve had other opportunities as well to inwardly prepare for the real reason of the season—the coming of the Christ child into the world. Perhaps you have spent time reading Scripture, participating in Advent devotions, or turning to our Father in prayer.

As you prepare to receive our King, take a moment to reflect on the missional message of Christmas—God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to save us from our sins so that we might have eternal life with Him. And, as fellow believers, we are responsible to help spread His love to all His children—whether it be praying for missionaries, giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, or engaging in a missional lifestyle to minister to the unreached in our own communities and beyond!

Consider the refrain of one of my favorite Christmas carols: Go, Tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, Tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born. Just as the familiar words state, God is calling us to share His gift of Jesus in all areas of our lives—anywhere and anyhow!

As we enter this week before Christmas, I am humbled by the fact that, while yet a sinner, God sent me a Savior in the form of a defenseless child, born in a stable. I pray that as you prepare your heart to receive the gift of baby Jesus and the salvation that He has made available to the whole world, you will be convicted of your part in sharing the greatest love of all—over the hills and everywhere.

Merry Christmas!

 

Melissa Whetstone is the design editor for Girls in Action and mother to three very active boys—ages 19, 16, and 11. She loves leading Girls in Action and spending time with “her girls” each week. When not trying to keep up with her children’s busy schedules, she enjoys running, reading, and being with friends.

 

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