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An Advent Devotional
- Were those gifts real gifts, the glittering gold, frankincense and myrrh?
- Was the glittering gold the priceless gift of Christmas?
- Was it not instead the walk for hundreds and hundreds of miles that was the real gift?
- Was it not the walk that lasted for more than two years that was the sacrificial gift?
- Isn’t this when the wise men gave of themselves, when they walked for hundreds of miles for more than two years?
- Isn’t this what Christmas is all about, discovering what it means to truly give of oneself, as the wise men did?
- Isn’t that what being wise is?
- Discovering what it means to give of yourself in love to another?
- The way that God did at Christmas time and the way Jesus did all the time?
Wisdom often “speaks” quietly in the the form of humility and honor. Humbly acknowledging that there are others greater and wiser than us. And honoring their uniqueness.
You see, the most priceless of gifts is always the gift of one’s self, and on this first Christmas Eve, God gave of himself in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Keeping Our Joy Bright!
It’s a crazy world out there, and the weariness of earthly pressures can “dim” our joy if we don’t find a safe place of refuge!
- Do you know where the shadow of God’s wings is?
- Have you taken refuge under it?
- Do you even know how to get there and be safe?
- Have you felt the security His wings offer?
- How hiding under them quiets the anxious mind, soothes the trembling heart, and comforts the weary flesh and gives it rest?
- How do you take hold of the Almighty when all strength is gone?
- How do you get yourself to believe there is hope when life struggles against death and there is no victory seen in the distant horizon?
- Can you close your eyes and just listen to His words and promises, trusting that, soon, everything will be alright?
Psalm 91 is huge in my life.
It’s my guide, my prayer, my encouragement. It’s God’s promise to me and I keep it safely tucked away in my heart. It’s His promise to you, too.
Let these lines from the Psalm speak PEACE to you dear one.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety, he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings,” Psalm 91:1-4.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.