In Your Walk With God

For the week of December 17th, 2017

Today's  Truth

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16, NIV).

The Christmas rush is on! I know many of you are still looking for the perfect gift, wrapping presents, baking your very best, packing the car for long trips and wrestling with overly excited children. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Stop right where you are! Take a deep breath and travel back with me to a time when there was no hope and no celebration. I can’t imagine a world without Jesus and yet, many times I live my life as if He doesn’t even exist. A trial comes and I try to handle it on my own. Loneliness floods my heart and instead of reaching out to Him, I withdraw into the darkness. 

He then interrupts my life and fills each black corner with Light. His love flows over the pain like a soothing balm and once again, I experience the manger. Once again, He steps into the smelly, unlikely and very ordinary existence that is mine to change everything.

Jesus could have come to us in many ways, but He chose to interrupt the very ordinary with the most extraordinary. He could have chosen to be born in a palace. After all, He was a King. Yet His life on earth began in a manger housed in what amounted to little more than a dirty, smelly barn. The simplicity of His birth is one of His most precious gifts to me, and one of my most profound life lessons.

I often wish I had been there that holy night when Jesus was born, but then He reminds me that I have my own manger; my own holy moment when God became a reality to me, and I worship Him!

Every year I am reminded of the very heart of Christmas. God wants to be involved in the simple, ordinary happenings of daily life: where we go and what we do, the smile we give the stranger and the patience we exhibit in the crowd of impatient people, the love that prompts the secret gift and the heart that constantly celebrates His birth through every sparkling light, every beautifully wrapped gift, each special meal, every card, phone call and visit. 

So here's my challenge to you:

Celebrate the reality of His presence in your life. Please. Celebrate His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection. And be “God with skin on” to those in need around you. Open your eyes and see them as He sees them!

                                                                                                                                                          -- written by The Webmaster of this site