Hallmark rival Great American Family on Thursday unveiled a lineup of Christmas movies that includes 18 original holiday films featuring such talent as Candace Cameron Bure, Daniel Lissing, Jen Lilley, Danica McKellar and Cameron Mathison.
This year, Hobby Lobby ran a gospel-centric, Christmas-themed ad in newspapers across the country showing a painting of a toddler boy – representing a young Jesus – picking up nails on the shop floor as his earthly father, Joseph, tends to his works a few feet away. The sunshine through the adjacent window casts a shadow off Jesus in the shape of a cross.
This year, as we recognize the need for a savior for our world that is rife with hardship, let us raise our voices in faith. Jesus, the son of God and born to Mary, now lives in the hearts of hundreds of millions of people. Let us pray for the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and for the poor and needy in our world. And let us rejoice that Jesus has come for them. Our Deliverer, our “God with us,” will also be with them.
We can reach upward and inward to the God who reached downward to us. We can find in Immanuel the help and hope we need to face an ongoing pandemic and uncertain future. But as with all other Christmas gifts, this one must be opened. Not to put on the shelf, but to place in our hearts. Not as a holiday, but as a holy day. Not for a day of the year, but for every day of the year.
On the heels of a record-breaking run in theaters, Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers will air on TBN Dec. 22 and then again Christmas Day – giving families another opportunity to watch a film that has garnered rave reviews from moviegoers.