Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace, good will toward men.
We’re all familiar with this verse from Luke if we’ve ever been to a Christmas play or watched the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
There’s something magical about the Christmas story, isn’t there?
Something so simple and yet so powerful.
A tiny baby lying in a bed of hay.
Angels sang of His arrival.
What other child’s birth has ever gained such an audience?
Shepherds celebrated His delivery?
What joy could be found in the arrival of a child whose attendants included smelly cattle, donkeys, and sheep?
Wise men worshipped Him?
What honor could be due such an infant?
Herod feared Him?
What harm could come from such poor beginnings?
Children get it.
Adults are mesmerized by it.
Christmas cards capture it.
Churches reenact it.
The world longs for it.
Yet often rejects it.
Glory to God in the highest [heaven],
and on earth peace among men with
whom He is well pleased [men of
goodwill, of His favor].
Luke 2:14 (Amplified Bible)
I don’t know where you stand today in the nativity scene display.
Maybe you are an angel, proclaiming the good news that “JESUS HAS BEEN BORN!”
Maybe you are a shepherd, celebrating the birth of this baby lying in a manger.
Maybe you are a wise man, kneeling down to worship this tiny King of Kings.
Maybe you are far away from the images we see at Christmastime.
Like Herod, you are fearful of the power someone like Jesus could have over your life.
If you find yourself full of more questions than answers, I beg you to go searching.
I love that even a store called “Goodwill” could provide such easy access to more answers about Him who came to save us.
Look what I picked up Saturday for a total of only $2.50!
I have started reading all of them!
As I journey closer and closer to the One who gives meaning to my life, I feel an urge to beg you to draw closer too.
Together, let’s spend 2012 becoming intimately involved with Him who entered this world so humbly, lived so simply, died so cruelly, and rose so beautifully!
I’m excited about sharing another year
of Life with all of you.
I love that the Bible promises this in Deut. 4:29,
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Angels sang over Him.
Shepherds ran towards Him.
Wise men bowed down to Him.
Herod hid from Him.
Where do you find yourself this morning?
I hope you’re not hiding.
He came for you.
Tammy what do you use to study the bible? I am looking for something that when I open to any page, read it and then use a study guide of some sort to help me. If you know of anything I would appreciate it. Enjoyed the reading today and I hope you are enjoying your holiday away from work. Hugs, Sandy B
I am loving the break! Thank you so much!
As far as study guides, I would have to say that unless I am speaking somewhere I usually use online commentaries.
When I am working on something for a retreat, I surround myself with different commentaries, books on the topic I am speaking on, etc.
I will look through my shelves and see which ones are my favorites, and I’ll send you an email.
I love you!
Praying your Christmas is wonderful!
How are you doing with your recovery from your surgery?
Looking forward to meeting you someday!
Thanks I would appreciate it. I do plan on meeting you someday here on earth as well as in Paradise. I would love to know where and when you will be speaking or having a retreat and I may just show up to soak up your message. My healing is well. It was suppose to take the nerve 6 to 8 months to heal, but it has been
3 1/2 months and the finger has feeling and is just about where there is no numbness. Praise God. Enjoy your day and thanks for remembering and asking. Enjoy your time off. Hugs and love to you, Sandy