Merry Christmas!

May you remember that today we celebrate the birth of Jesus. May His love and grace fill your heart and soul until you are overflowing.

All things merry and bright,
Jennifer

Is Your Palette The Same As God’s?

“So God created man in his own image…”
~Genesis 1:27

I went to brunch on Sunday with my son and his wife and their four-month-old baby girl; my first grandchild. My son held her in his arms as he ate.  As I watched her,  I thought of the children in the world who are born into war-torn areas or poverty or homes where they are unwanted or abused. I thought too, about God’s color palette. As the old song goes, “Red, yellow, black, and white, all are precious in His sight”

My granddaughter’s life is no more important or precious than any other child’s life. Every child is a gift from God. God’s palette contains all of our wonderful colors that He loves equally. Let us not forget that. Let’s do our best to set aside our fears and judgments about each other and instead, turn toward each other in the knowledge that we all belong to God. We are all His precious children. Let’s take good care of His things, shall we? Let’s take good care of each other.

A Whale Of A Story!

“Carry each other’s burdens…”
~Galations 6:2

A humpback whale struggled to stay afloat off of the San Francisco coastline near the Golden Gate Bridge. She had gotten tangled in a web of fishing lines and crab pots. She was floundering and would surely die. A fisherman spotted her and radioed for help. A group of scuba divers came to her rescue. They dove deep below her and cut all of the lines that pulled her towards her demise. When they finally freed her, she swam in circles, celebrating her second chance at life. Before she made her way back out to deeper waters, she swam up to every diver and gently nudged them. They knew she was saying “thank you!”

May we all know the deep joy of giving and receiving that which sets us free, love.

 

All Things

“…all things work together for good..”
~Romans 8:28

Nothing is wasted. Not the mistakes you make. Not the time you spend chasing after dreams that never materialize. Not the diet you fail, the money you lose, or the relationships that end. Nothing. Everything is grist for the mill. God uses all of your experiences to shape you into the person He wants you to be. All you have to do is say “Yes!” to Him and surrender. Trust that all things will work to your good and to God’s glory.

The Holes Are Where The Love Gets In

“By canceling the record of debt that stood against us
with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
~Colossians 2:14

I’ve been trying to write a story about a little boy who finds a piece of the cross; a piece that has a hole in it from one of the nails that pierced Jesus. I’ve spent hours editing it, trying to be cute and clever. But the story never really gelled. Last night I read an article that Stephen King wrote about the process of writing. He encouraged writers to say what they really want to say, without a lot of fluff or fanfare. So instead of telling you a story, I’m going to tell you what I really want to say.

The holes in the cross are where God’s love got in. At this time of year, we forget about those holes. Instead, we turn our attention to Jesus’ birth. Today, as you prepare for the celebrations ahead at this precious time of year, I hope you’ll take the time to remember why Jesus stripped Himself of His divinity and came to walk among us. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Jesus walked every day towards those nails that pierced His flesh and drove holes into the wood upon which He hung. He walked every day towards our forgiveness and salvation. He walked every day towards the love that came in and changed everything, forever

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