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Published on December 1st, 2017 | by Faye Lentine

Christmas is About Wonder

It’s the kind of wonder Lucy Pevensie experienced when she first stepped out of the moth ball-infused wardrobe into the wintery magic of Narnia. It’s the kind of wonder movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and books like “A Christmas Carol” are made of. It’s the kind where angelic hosts light up the night and lowly, dirty shepherds kneel in the presence of a King. Wonder is what Christmas is made of.

You can step into the cold, wintery streets and almost feel it. In the midst of a desolate season, where new life seems to be hibernating replaced by bare branches and hardened ground, a light permeates the darkness. A light of hope, excitement, and immense, indescribable wonder.

I undoubtedly agree that Christmas is, as the old classic sings, “the most wonderful time of the year.” It’s as if nearly everyone (except perhaps that one grumpy lady at the mall on Black Friday…) forgets their anger and bitterness and are filled with child-like anticipation.

Oftentimes, I feel as if the season of Christmas is a glimpse of what God’s Kingdom should look like. It is the one time a year where people all around the world unite in celebration… even if some don’t want to acknowledge the baby in the manger as Savior of the world.

It is during Christmas that people are oftentimes most receptive of the gospel. Because during Christmas everyone is looking for that miracle. That good news.

When you have God dwelling inside you, every day can be like Christmas. Every day is a miracle and a declaration of good news. Every day you can be captivated by wonder.

Max Lucado wrote in his Christmas book In the Manger: 25 Inspirational Selections for Advent,

“Christ grew in Mary until He had to come out. Christ will grow in you until the same occurs. He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions. Every place you live will be a Bethlehem and every day you live will be a Christmas. You, like Mary, will deliver Christ into the world.”

This Christmas, will you be still enough to behold God? Will you be still enough to experience the wonder? Or will you be distracted by all the festivities and forget the wonder of what Christmas is all about?

I don’t mean the earthly Christmas wonders of black and white movies, gingerbread houses, packages piled up under the tree, cookie exchanges at church, or even celebrations with family and friends. Those things are wonderful and are some of my favorite festivities of the holiday season.

But will you be still enough to experience the wonder of a Holy God swaddled, laid in a dirty manger, worshipped by common people like you and me? Will you be still enough to experience the wonder of a perfect Christ hanging on the cross in the place of you and me? Will you be still enough to experience the wonder of being filled with the fullness of God?

Ann Voskamp wrote,

“You don’t have to work for Christmas. You don’t have to earn Christmas. You don’t have to perform Christmas. You don’t have to make Christmas. You don’t have to work for the coming of the LORD. The miracle is that God is gracious. Just come as you are. You always get your Christmas miracle. You get God with you.”

Every year Christmas eventually has to leave us. As we return to our daily oftentimes mundane lives, it seems the wonder of the gospel escapes us. We forget the excitement, the anticipation, and the celebration. The world returns to its anger and its heart is once again hardened to the King in the manger. But we, as children of God, can still have that wonder. And we can still share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Mathew 1:23 says, “‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).”

God is with us. There is not a millisecond He leaves us, and He will never, ever forsake us. Forever, He is Immanuel. God with us.

Ephesians 3:19 says, “And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God.”

To be filled with the fullness of God. That alone should leave each one of us standing in a state of wonder and awe. You see, we have been given the ultimate gift. We are sinners saved by infinite grace. We are undeservedly filled with God.

Every day, we can walk into Narnia and stand in childlike wonder. Every day, just like George Baily, we can know how important life is and live in the identity Christ has given. Every day we can dance with joy in the darkness and give generously just like Ebenezer Scrooge.

And every day we can join the angelic, new song of salvation. Every day we, like the lowly shepherds outside of Bethlehem, can kneel in the presence of the King.

This Christmas season and this upcoming year, will you be still enough to experience the wonder?

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is a homeschool graduate, college freshman, and editor for TheRebelution. She is an avid dog lover, amateur photographer, growing artist, and writer. Faye loves sharing the good news of the gospel through writing. You can follow her blog at

  • Absolutely beautiful!

    • Thank you so much, Kate!

      • I love your blog content also, very refreshing and filled with love and faith.

        • Thank you Kate! I’m so grateful you took the time to look at my blog. :)

  • That’s good….but I don’t entirely agree with Max Lucado. I agree that we need to be lights, but our actions (like helping others be saved) have no sway on when Jesus will return. It’s just worded….kind of odd, maybe? I dunno.

    • Thank you for your comment, Joye!
      I can see how Max Luccado’s quote can be confusing. However, it is actually not referring to the return of Jesus. Rather, it is referring to us, as Christians, growing more and more like Christ. As we study God’s Word and pray and seek out His wisdom, we will grow more like Him in our thoughts, actions, etc. It is in our Christ-like love and actions that we “deliver” Christ into the world. Maybe think of it along the lines of evangelism.
      I hope this makes more sense! Thanks again for your comment!

  • Princess-in-training

    That was very inspirational, Faye, but thanks for clarifying Joye’s comment. I was kinda thinking along her lines, but now that you explained, it makes more sense. Thanks!! =)

    • Thank you so much!!!
      I’m glad I was able to help clarify for you. I would definitely recommend reading Max Luccado’s advent book (and I promise, in context his writing really is beautiful!).

      • Princess-in-training

        OK I’ll look into that. 😉

  • KatelynS

    What beauty and truth wrapped up in this article! Thanks for sharing, Faye!

  • Sara Barratt

    Love this! This year for Christmas the words “wonder” and “worship” have been on my heart, so this is so timely! Thank you so much! <3

    • I love how God always gives us exactly what we need at the precise time we need it most! I am so grateful my words could be used as encouragement to you!
      Thanks for reading, Sara.

  • Haven Asnip

    This is a fantastic article, Faye. This article gave me that childlike feeling of excitement on Christmas Day and the great commission to tell people about Jesus. It was like a beautiful present composed of words, all wrapped up in a pretty bow. Thank you for sharing. You are very gifted at writing.

    • Haven, thank you so very much! You have no idea how encouraging you are to me! I am so glad you enjoyed this article.
      Thanks for reading!

  • Beautiful, beautiful words!! Thanks for writing, Faye!

  • Maitlyn Harkey

    This is beautiful, Faye! What a great reminder to slow down, look up, and experience the WONDER of Christmas during this season and in every season of our lives. This is something I’ve been trying to be intentional about this year and your article was a great (and beautifully written!) reminder. :)

  • Wonder-ful post, Faye! Beautifully written, well capturing Advent and the reason for the season. I always need to be reminded to slow down and savor the season. And everything else the Lord is and has done for us. Which is why Wonder is my word for 2017!

  • Savannah A

    Beautiful, beautiful words, Faye! What a great reminder. Thank you for writing, and God bless!

  • LOVE this! Thank you for writing it!

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