“That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.” Philippians 2:10 Douay-Rheims Bible
I have been trying to decide on gifts that would be appropriate for Christmas. I have been struggling with this for years, not just this Christmas. I’m somewhat estranged from my own children and family. Divorced. That terrible word because of all the painful implications. Broken vows and unfulfilled promises. They seem to have turned from God and I blame myself. The world grabbed them the first chance it could. I raised them as Christians with all the true trimmings of Christmas (Christian values, virtues and high principles for proper conduct). Now, my grandchildren have been brought up not knowing God and only knowing stuff – the things in and of this world. Here I am wondering what to give them. I would dearly love to give them a Bible but I’m afraid they’ll reject it and throw it away. My dilemma. To me, Christmas will always mean the birth of my Lord Jesus, God and Savior. Not Santa Claus. We are estranged because I am strange to them. An old fossil. Believing in God is a weird concept. Their parents, my children, are uncomfortable if and when I mention His existence. I have prayed and waited patiently for years for them to come back to the way they were raised but that hasn’t happened. I cringe at the idea of celebrating a fat red costumed man in place of the Christ who laid in a trough to become the food of our salvation.
Thanks to Gaye Francis Willard for the original artwork!
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,” Philippians 2:14
I have found another area for me to work on. Grumbling. Patience is an ongoing spiritual exercise and to add to it I am challenging myself to practice not grumbling about bothersome things. For instance today I discovered an injustice that was being perpetrated on young and old families struggling to make payments and raise families. The folks in a nearby area were annexed by another town and are being forced to pay taxes to that town that does absolutely nothing for them. Their road is almost impassible, they pay for all their own utilities with no street lights or amenities and now they have to pay extra to the town that annexed them as well as the county. It’s not fair, it’s not just and it’s just not right! See why I need to practice not Grumbling, GRRRrrrrr. I know God is with them and will make good come out of this and that is my consolation. Thank you God for the light that you shed on your children.
I have missed out on getting closer to God by dwelling on stupid things that are out of my control.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV
I have this embedded in my heart.
He is my salvation. He shows me the way. He forgives all my sins. When I turn back to Him for His love and consolation, He rushes to give it to me! If God does all this for the likes of me, I know He will do the same for you!!!
I woke up greeting God and thanking Him for this day. Then my thoughts quickly shifted to what will the day hold? Today is “training day” at the fire station, the firefighters are all preparing for the coming open house, Oct 1st at 5:30. We will be inviting the public to visit their fire station, meet with the firefighters and see how they preform certain tasks. The department is giving out smoke detectors and fire safety stickers. However, today looks to be a rainy, dismal looking day. This type of day being my favorite. Grey and overcast means quiet reflective time, usually spending a fair amount of time in the kitchen. I love cooking. So me and my God can relish this peaceful time together. I can get to know Him better since He is always with me. The joy and peace that our Lord brings is the only perfection on earth. My hope is that He is training me for heaven!
“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature grows in silence…. We need silence to be able to touch souls.” …Mother Teresa
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. … Psalm 62:5-6
My Aunt Anna said,”sometimes when you see things in others it’s a reflection of yourself”. I want to see only the best in everyone, because I know God’s in them, but all to often I see something bad too. My consolation is that all of what I see is in God’s ultimate plan.
My job is to reflect on the lesson, “what about me do I see in them?”.
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” …Proverbs 13:20
With God directing, you can’t go wrong.