“Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!”
God’s promises are real! He continues to deliver on His promises every day and in the midst of life’s situations. There will be times in this life that we, ourselves will feel downhearted, lonely, depressed and even oppressed. It is in these times we need to anchor ourselves to God and His promises. The season of Advent can be a difficult time for many, even for those who know the promises of God, life can still be hard. On a personal note, this year is the first year since my mother passed that I have truly been excited for the Holiday Season. This will be the seventh Christmas without her and it’s still hard to believe she’s gone. Life waits for no one and the days continue even though at times I have wished for them to stop or at least slow down. In my head, logically speaking I know the process of grief and that she’s in a better place, no more worry or stress or pain, but from a daughter’s perspective, I miss my mom terribly.
Advent is newness, the newborn Christ child bringing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love! This year it is all those things for me as well as a sense of renewed family relationships and sharing abundance of love for my friends! God has been with me every single day since the passing of my mom, some days the promises of God seemed far away, but present nonetheless, all along. God’s timing is best! I am so thankful for all of God’s gifts, the healing, the comfort, the companionship, and for the waiting!
You and I may differ on many things and that okay, God didn’t ask me to be a carbon copy of someone else or instruct me in to see everything the way everyone else does, He simply said, “Love One Another!”
John 15:12, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”
I think as believers, no matter our preferred denomination, doctrine or worship styles, we can agree with the first sentence of the Lord’s Prayer, where Jesus taught His disciples how they should pray saying, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.” ~Matthew 6:9b. We state the name of God, state where he is/sits, and He is holy above every thing else that exists. We say these words of praise because of the promises God has done, is doing and promises to do.
Lord, there are times when I do not feel you presence. Life becomes tough, things do not go in my favor, and I lose sight of the promises you made to me as your child. You have promised to care for your children. Your glory is beyond compare and still, you promise to care for me. Thank you for this promise. ~Amen.
~Hope & Peace~