Christmas: Against All Odds

I don’t know about you, but I love the Christmas season! I especially revel in the light-heartedness found in our culture during this time of year. The timeless music, the Christmas cards, the bright lights, and the manger scenes; the hustle and bustle created by people on a mission to find the right gift, and all of the many efforts to create memories in through baking, decorating and entertaining family and friends. But there is more to it… Sometimes I need to step away from all the holiday trappings and remember that more than anything, this is actually the season of Advent. For some, Advent is a best-kept secret as it occurs in the middle of all the holiday revelry. Spiritually, Advent is a time of great preparation, anticipation, peace, rejoicing, and comradery. It is an exciting time of looking for the good all around us, and reaching out to others in new ways. It is, in a sense, an awakening, a time when we strive to be a little kinder, gentler, more generous, more aware of others, and even more patient with those around us. During Advent, we are grateful that Jesus is with us, and for all that He has done for us, as our Lord and Savior. It is a time to count our blessings, and look ahead for His eventual second coming with confidence. There is a familiar song that has been out for several years called “Mary Did You Know.” In this song, as in its title, the question is posed as to whether Mary knew her baby boy would rule all nations. How...

God’s Remedy

Have you ever wondered how God judges us in the end of our lives? Could it be that rather than looking at all of our brokenness, mistakes and sins, perhaps, instead he looks at our spiritual ‘bank account,’ as He reviews our ‘love account’ to see how many caring deposits we have made out over our lifespan in His Holy Name? One has to wonder. For He is a God of surprises, a patient God, one who accepts his prodigal sons and daughters back, time and again. What love! People often ask me why I write this devotional blog, and in a word, I can say I write it to share with others about God’s enduring Love for each and every one of us. God’s Love is everlasting and unconditional, and there for all of humanity. I believe that when we embrace God’s remedy, His unwavering Love, we are far more able to live peace-filled, loving, joy-filled lives and maximize our wellness in body, mind, and spirit. The benefits are endless! Through prayer, with God’s help, we are better able to face insurmountable odds, and difficult situations, with far more confidence, patience, persistence, courage, and holy boldness than we could possibly muster on our own, left to our own devices. Then it is vitally important to be still, waiting for God’s loving answers to our prayers, as we wait for Him to move in our lives, while recognizing He is in control. For in solitude, with technology turned off, is where and when we can hear God’s answers to our prayers in a way we can understand. Actually, sometimes...