Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Christmas Eve Devotional

As most of you know, it’s been a tough time for our family and friends over the past 5 years (from Dad’s stroke to his death and now to Mom’s dementia putting her in Carillon). GOD has stood strong with us every step of the way and despite doubt, fear and all the other emotions that try to hinder his presence in a life, we are still strong in our belief, love and the power of a loving healing heavenly Father.


I have devotions and prayer daily and this morning was particularly inspiring. Due to the cold/flu I’ve had, sleep has been a deficit but it has me up hours before or down after all the world sleeps. Many of my greatest “ah ha moments” come at these hours, often called the hour of the soul: I read three devotionals (Daily Word, Guide Posts and Upper Room) regularly , but with the holiday season I am also reading two devotionals specifically for the Advent season (Unity & GWU).


For each new year I also choose a focus word rather than a set of resolutions I will soon leave in the dust. This year’s is possibility and boy! Have we had possibilities. Even when I thought all possibilities are over turned I realize each day brings the promise of new possibilities. During all this my faith in the spirit, Son and Holy Father have had weak moments and moments of complete clarity (hint next year’s word is in there). Which brings me back to this morning’s word. I know we all have times of fear, sickness, doubt, pain, dread, anger, and confusion, to name a few, but God never leaves us. His Son never forgets us and His Spirit is always with us. We simply must pull it out of the deep crevice our soul tries to suppress in order to escape.

Lord, join me in having my family and friends find this non-end of possibility. Give us clarity in body, mind and spirit. Guard our trusting hearts. May we all feel the abundance in our lives along with peace, love, forgiveness and most of all your presence. May your divine power of heaven be our sustaining power here on earth and when we all join that celestial home, may we see why it was all worth it.


Daily life breaks or builds us. It robs or blesses us. It scares or comforts us. All the while, YOU never leave us. If we don’t feel your presence then it’s because we have left with no forwarding address, no contact info for a period of whiny pity parties. My husband always says someone somewhere has it worse. That is true!


So, LORD, we thank you for our abundance of love, joy, peace, sustenance, rest, time, forgiveness, prayers answered and awesome life itself.


In Christ’s name,


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