The world is celebrating the birth of our savior exactly a week from today, and for many, it is a day to relax with family as the year comes to end. For others like me, it is a day to relax with family, and to celebrate the birth of a Love that has saved me and a Love that is keeping me.
I am a Christian, and it took me many years after I believed in Christ to proudly own that. Even though, I grew up in a Church-goers home, I am intimately aware of how how I felt about Christians before I chose Christ. It was not a good picture. Today, I love the Lord God, and I'm learning to love Him with all my heart and strength. I always say Christ is the best thing that has happened in my world, and I deeply mean and believe that statement. Without Christ, I would be a different person and on a different journey.
Today, I am reflecting on how loved and blessed I am in Christ. I am also reflecting on how without him, I am unable to do anything of eternal value. As I journey along my path in life and take steps forward in my journey, I am thankful that I have a God who has promised that He will never leave nor forsake me. I am in love with a God who made me aware that trials and pain will come, but He is there with and for me through it all. He is walking with me and taking every step with me. When my shoes feel heavy, He is carrying me. He is there comforting me, soothing me, breaking me, reshaping me, molding me and renewing my heart for good.
I am daily aware of the changes in my heart. I know the love, mercy, confidence, grace I feel and give are a result of the Word and Spirit working together and shaping me into a woman that loves absolutely.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let's give gifts to all our loved ones and in addition, let's give Love and Hope. Let's also give ourselves over day by day to a God that is good, selfless and sovereign. For He so loves the world and because of that Love which also resides with Justice, He gave up His only begotten Son in love so that justice is served, and that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Today, I am meditating on Romans 8:31-32:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Even in tragedy like the one in Newport, Connecticut, God is good and He uses pain to bring about good. I do not understand some times, and I questions and yell at Him many times. However, from personal experience, I know He is Loving, Good and Just. I know that even in this, He has a plan that works it all out for good. It is in His shoes that I hope to walk.
Have a wonderful week and Merry Christmas!
Beloved, You are Loved Absolutely!