Don’t Eat Christmas Cookies Alone

How are you remembering Advent—Christ’s coming into the world—this Christmas season? Every day during the month of December, join us here to learn a little about the songs of Christmas. Follow along with us as we experience The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and open the door to wonder.

We need each other.

Elizabeth’s song, recorded in the first chapter of Luke, echoes this truth. In today’s reading, we find Elizabeth speaking a blessing to Mary, who was, as Nancy reminds us in The First Songs of Christmas, “arguably in the most difficult circumstance a young woman could imagine.”

Elizabeth speaks into Mary’s life at a time when encouragement was likely in short supply. After all, she found herself in a situation that just couldn’t be explained in a way that others would consider acceptable and/or true.

“To this woman,” Nancy writes, “Elizabeth said that God would bless her with full satisfaction in Him if she would believe what He had promised.” Elizabeth simply says, “Blessed is she who has believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).

Nancy also writes:

We are not intended to be self-sufficient. We need each other. We need to spend time with people who have a thriving relationship with God if we expect to be strong in our own faith and to strengthen them in theirs.

Whew! I don’t know about you, but that’s welcome news to me. I too often try to do it all alone, and when I do, I miss out on the chance to strengthen my relationship with Christ and others and encourage someone else on their journey.

Like I said, we need each other, even now, in this extra-busy season. And Christmas may especially be a season when we need each other as the holidays don’t always bring about the holly-jolly feeling.

Swap Cookies, Savor Community

Can I add one more thing to your Christmas calendar? Host a cookie swap with ladies at your church. I promise, it won’t take much time, and you’ll have an amazing opportunity to engage in fellowship and relationship with other believers. Here’s how easy it can be:

  1. Set a date when you and a group of ladies can get together for about an hour. Really, just an hour!
  2. Ask each person to bring two dozen of their favorite Christmas goodies and the recipe for it. Also have them bring a festive container to take home their swapped treats.
  3. During the event, brew a pot of coffee and swap the goodies and recipes with each other. Don’t forget to sample a few! Spend time visiting and praying for each other.
  4. Encourage participants to share their swapped cookies with someone who needs encouragement or maybe even an invitation to church. Pray for those people, too.

You won’t be disappointed by a cookie swap. Have fun finding fellowship at the bottom of the Christmas cookie jar.

Looking for more ways to engage in fellowship with and encourage other believers? Check out this Revive Our Hearts radio series on “Encouragement in the Body of Christ.”

Have you ever hosted a cookie swap or another fellowship event with fellow believers? How did it strengthen the relationships you have with each other?

About the Author

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews is a pastor's wife and preschool aide. She also serves as the women's ministry director and an elementary Sunday school teacher at the Midwest church her husband pastors. She loves reading a good book on a rainy day with a cup of coffee and her husband and cat by her side.

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