I’ve been saving this (again) post. Initially I thought to save it till Christmas but I’m not. 🙂
We are how many days from Christmas 2013? At this writing – 78 days. Still time for us to pray and plan. Not so much about the gifts we will buy and the foods we will prepare; although perhaps that is not an unwise thing – to begin even now to plan so we can circumvent a less than peace-filled Holy season. As you will read below I have yet to perfect this. But there is hope.
I’d like to center this year on the Prince of Peace rather than participating in the practices of paganism – please don’t be offended or take that as an insult; it is not meant to be. It comes from a heart who really would like to have the courage to go against the culture and give my family and friends a gift of love deeper than ever before, to impart the eternal love of GOD to every person in my world and bless them with a lasting gift that will contribute to the rest of their lives being holy, healthy and happy. I would like to have the courage this year to give not one gift just for the sake of giving a gift out of obligation but for every gift given to be given with prayer, love, thoughtfulness and for money to be not a factor. Will it happen? I make only the promise of asking ABBA to give me the courage and grace to surrender to Him and see it happen.
And so without further comment here is The Christmas Box (again).
IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2009
The Christmas Box
Well, it’s here and I’m not ready; so I am in that process of readjusting me. It’s a quiet on the outside process followed by a flurry of activity once I have determined what can be done and what will be left undone before family arrives for Christmas dinner. It’s a time of confirming within what is really important. I am grateful I am not left alone in this process. One thing for sure the Christmas Box is in place beneath the tree waiting to receive the written prayers (Birthday Gifts for Jesus) of any Christmas Day Guest at the Thompsons who wants to contribute. I have already been thinking about the year of 2009 and the summing up of it and what will 2010 bring which is annually the basis for my birthday gift to Jesus and hopefully I will get it in the box on time this year.
And speaking of time, it would behoove me to finish up here. Jerry and I wish you all a blessed Christmas celebration. We wish for you Peace, Joy and Holy Laughter to ring in your hearts and your homes. May it be that you know more than ever before that the Child born in Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago is today ALIVE in you!
John 6:38-40 (New King James Version) 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” [source]
Let it be so, ABBA, raise me up to more than I can be, more than I am for Jesus sake alone. Comfort and protect our IDOK Troops I pray; I pray for Christmas Miracles for them. I pray they will experience You this Christmas as they are so far from home and family. And I pray for Christmas Miracles for families grieving, those in these recent days and those of us having our first Christmas absent ones we love so much. I pray You will shelter and guard our hearts and minds this Christmas. I pray we will allow You to be our comfort and I pray we will give your comfort away as gifts to others. Please continue blessing all these spoken here and, ABBA, watch over and shine Your Face upon every IDOK and Reader and bring us all together again. Amen and amen in Jesus Matchless and Holy Name.