I am in awe this Christmas season as I consider Jesus, who born in such humble circumstances accomplished so much in so short a life. I am struck by how limited are our ideas of “Success.” How without a web site or a blog or even a fax, he impacted forever His world and ours. A humble King…what a concept.
God with US
Another baby born that night, just one tiny infant, who as a man,
Would turn the temple tables upside down
Turn the world upside down
His simple message transforming the souls of men
Servant-healer, story-teller, truth-speaker
His words piercing hearts
Like the sword that would penetrate his side
He foresaw the suffering
Yet embraced it for love
His name was called “Emmanuel” – God with US
All of us, cynical and burdened, calloused and hard
Unloving and unlovable, his love reaching
Into the hearts of men
Kneading a hunger into the jaded palate of all
Preparing us to acknowledge and receive His sacrifice
by Susan Ely
THE LAST COURSE:
Which came first – giving or receiving?
It’s more blessed to give than to receive, but first we have to receive. In order to receive we must believe that God gave his only son for us. We demonstrate our belief when we give our hearts to Jesus, and receive his gift of salvation. Then he promises to give us the gift of his Holy Spirit. When we receive his gift, we become like a child again, jumping up and down with excitement. We give him praise!
Christmas brings out the child in us!