that His creation,
though beloved still,
was beautiful no more.
riddled with rebellion
and fractured with hatred;
and the great heart of God was
Like a tear,
the immense love of God for the people of Earth welled up
and spilled out,
like a brilliant star
through the universe
as a baby in a bed of straw.
And this was
This God who loves us
loves us enough
to enter our sorrow and make it His own
that we would be His own
and that our comfort would be
As we behold Him
may we adore Him,
this Christ of Christmas,
this very Glory of God.
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Merry Christmas, everyone!
I pray that the God of all comfort, Jesus Christ, will be more precious to us than ever before during this Christmas, and I pray that we will treasure Him as never before in the coming year.
For you today:
I would like to share five Scriptures that I pray will be an encouragement, refreshment, and strength to you.
When David prepared to meet the fierce giant Goliath, he put five smooth pebbles in his pouch for his slingshot. We need to do the same thing! As we encounter spiritual opposition, our best weapon is the powerful truth of Scripture.
If you would like to print a PDF of these Scriptures, click HERE.
Blessings to you,
(photo credit: Mary McKee)
Have you heard about FoMO?
The “Fear of Missing Out” is the latest trend. This phobia can cause endless checking of social media, as well as feelings of anxiety and depression. But Christ-followers have no need to take part in the FoMO fad because we have this fantastic promise from God:
Psalm 84:11 assures us that we will not miss out on even one good thing if we are following Christ.
But we are often tempted to feel that God is holding out on us, aren’t we? We think, if only God would give me the good thing of better health; if only He would give me the good thing of that relationship I want; if only He would give me the good thing of more money or a different job. We wonder how we can get God to just let us have that good thing that He is holding back from us.
But when we believe that God is withholding a blessing from us, our thoughts are rooted in deception. God withholds no good thing from those who follow hard after Him.
There is no generosity like the generosity of God toward His people. He is absolutely lavish in His love.
We can trust Him.
We can trust Him with our marriages. We can trust His instructions to us. We can trust His plans. We can trust Him with our needs, with our disappointments, and with our longings. We can trust Him with our lives.
Joining you in living FoMO-free,
I have sometimes said, “God would rather die than live without us.” That is true, but I think that it is a deeper truth (more accurate) to say that God would rather die than see us live without Him. That is, God, who is completely other-focused, was primarily motivated to die for us not so that He could gain us but so that we could gain Him, the Glorious God whom we so desperately need. It is His great delight to be Awesome God to us.