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December 2015

Yea Lord We Greet Thee

The little boy grasped his momma’s hand tightly as they made their way into the pew in front of me. “Will my friend be here today?” he asked. “He always sits in the same spot.” He stood on the kneeler… Continue Reading →

The Sunrise from on High Will Visit Us

Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death  Luke 1:78-79 #WednesdayWisdom,#sunrise

The Perfect Gift

I was helping my niece unpack from her recent move to a new city. Strewn on her bedroom floor with a pile of many other things, I noticed the impossibly plush and elegant pink slippers I had given her last Christmas. They still had the tags on them and were obviously unworn. I was somewhat hurt to see them tossed aside. When I found them last fall in a fun new boutique that carries upscale apparel and accessories, I immediately thought of her. I wished that they had them in my size too! Obviously she didn't think my gift was as special and perfect for her as I did, but she kept it. Perhaps someday she will enjoy it as I had hoped. I thought of the many gifts that God has given me. How many have been unused or unappreciated? Which ones are still unopened, forgotten, set aside or rejected? I thought about the crosses since they are gifts too, but far heavier than I think I can handle. Our God knows what we need, and is patient and forgiving. He will never force us to use and value His gifts. With abundant mercy, He stands ready meet us when come to our senses and appreciate the abundant blessings that are all around us. About ten years ago, I gave a candle to a work colleague. It has never been lit because “it is too pretty to burn.” If I outlive her, I promise to burn it at her funeral. Gifts were meant to be used and shared with others. Matthew 5:15. God will answer when we ask in prayer for the grace to recognize our unique gifts. Dear Lord, help us to know how we can use all that we've been given for your glory. Postcript: I was visiting my niece last summer.  We were talking about my mother who died 10 yeayears ago.  I suddenly had a thought:  "I should give her the ceramic nativity that mom made for me." image Since moving to a smaller home, I really didn't have a proper place for it.  I asked her to promise me that she would display it each Christmas until it was time for her to pass it on.  She seemed excited about receiving this gift.  It would be a tangible reminder of our love for her-- the love of her aunt and her grandma, but more importantly the love of Jesus that she hasn't recognized or acknowledged yet. I was thrilled to receive a text from her with pictures of the nativity set in her home.  She said, "I love it!!! Thank you!!! #giving, #gifts, #Christmas, #nativity  

I was helping my niece unpack from her recent move to a new city. Strewn on her bedroom floor with a pile of many other things, I noticed the impossibly plush and elegant pink slippers I had given her last… Continue Reading →

He Gives to His Beloved Even in His Sleep

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.  Psalm 127:2 #giving, #labor, #rest,#work

Forgiven

Last Wednesday night, my friend’s father was dying. Another friend of the family was preparing for heart transplant surgery. I was going to confession– the sacrament of reconciliation. In the sacrament of reconciliation, I am choosing to die to my… Continue Reading →

Wait Now In Hope

Wait now in hope for God to transform every tear, every sorrow Into strength for tomorrow. #hope, #waiting, #faith, Wednesdaywisdom

The One That You’ve Called Me To Be

Lord, not my will, But your will be done. Mold my soul, And my life, And my heart to become The one that you’ve Called me to be. Learn to love The pouring rain, The tears of God, The cleansing… Continue Reading →

Trust in the God Who Loves You

   Trust in the God who loves YOU.  Believe in the one who makes EVERYTHING new.  #trust,#faith

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