I’m so sorry about all the disunity among Your children right now. Humility, gentleness, patience, accepting one another in love (Your gifts) are in short supply.
The enemy has really done a number on us. I suppose he is working overtime because he is running out of time to steal, kill, and destroy the life You have planned for us.
We can’t see beyond all the hatred, bitterness, and personal attacks on each other to be able to recognize how Satan has duped us. He is our enemy, not each other.
Those who reject You don’t understand that it is their own disbelief that condemns them. But Satan conceals that from them too. I am so sorry that Your children don’t show more of Your love towards those who have rejected You. Satan blinds the world to the fact that Your love leads to peace and sets them free from their bondage of disbelief.
Perhaps we could start by asking for Your help to trust You more, especially during these dark days. Help us to trust You like Mary and Joseph did when they faced the dilemma of Mary’s untimely pregnancy. Help us to quieten down, let go of the negativity all around us, and trust that You ARE in control (for we act as if You are not)!
Ephesians 4:2-3, “with all humility and gentleness with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with peace that binds us.”
You know, I would love to just be able to focus on the Christ Child.
And I will. Right after I finish decorating.
Wait! There’s all that Christmas shopping to do.
Family, special friends, school teachers, Sunday School teachers,
My list gets longer every year!
Perhaps as soon as I finish decorating and shopping, and wrapping presents, then I can focus on the Christ Child.
Oh, but I’ve got Christmas parties and Christmas programs that I MUST attend, and each one requires a potluck dish or a gift to exchange.
Surely when things slow down, I will have time to focus on the Christ Child.
Hold up! The family is coming over for a traditional Christmas family dinner.
What on earth will I fix this year? Gonna spend a wad on that grocery bill.
Surely, once that is completed I will have a moment to focus on the Christ Child.
Oops! Christmas is finally over. And I’m beyond exhausted!
Did I ever find the time to focus on the Christ Child?
I’m t-o-o-o tired to remember!
Another Christmas has been undermined by fiery dart thinking! Putting our focus on the Christ Child must be done first and foremost. Then from that focus we will proceed to successfully celebrate Christmas! Amen?