A Glory Seed Devotional
A new day dawns…
Christmas Eve has give way to Christmas Day; the night of Jesus’ birth has given way to the day we celebrate his birth; and now all we can do is to look back on them in the rearview mirror. Or can we? Just because today is December 26th does that mean December 24th and 25th need to be behind us? Does the light of hope of Jesus’ birth not still shine? Has the peace the angels proclaimed returned to heaven?
For me the answer is no and no. If hope remains only in the past then the blessing of the future too will remain in the past. If peace remains only in the past then the conflicts of today will only add to the adversities of tomorrow. There are times when I wish one of the writers of the New Testament would have followed up with the shepherds who first visited the manger because I’d love to hear how Jesus changed their life. Did they walk with new found hope the rest of their lives? Did they return to their shepherd duties with an indescribable sense of peace? We may never really know the truth but the bible does lead us to believe their lives were never the same again.
While we don’t normally see the Christmas story as an invitation I am saying we should. We need to see the Christmas story not only as an invitation from Jesus, “Come to me.” But also as an invitation to, “Walk with me in hope and peace of a new life lived with me.”
When you think of the Christmas story do not do so with your eyes on the calendar and keep them focused on Jesus and walk in the hope and peace of his birth. Today Christmas 2011 begins keep it alive in your life until it comes to an end on December 24, 2012 when it will end and give way to Christmas 2012.
May Christmas 2011 bring you rich heavenly blessings from a Timeless God who loves you unconditionally. I’d say Happy New Year but what you really need is have a year blessed by God therefore...
God’s Blessings bless you in 2012
(That takes a little more time to say but is so much more needed.)
The GRACE of GOD is perfectly expressed in the life of JESUS!
WE are individually and together an expression of JESUS’ life!
Grace and SHALOM (PEACE),
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