By John DenHerder
Begin with 2 minutes of Silence
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and will call his name Immanuel.
As I sit with this verse, I think about all that God has given us. Signs, like the foretold birth of Jesus, are just one of the many ways God reminds of us His presence and His love for us. The splendor of His creation and all the wonders of this world never cease to give me pause and point my admiration back to God. Answers to prayer, be they miraculous or ordinary, are gifts from our father in heaven who loves us so. God is the greatest giver.
are gifts from our father in heaven.....
His blessings flow abundantly and in so many ways it can be easy to miss them, especially in our hurried and busy culture. That’s the thing about signs (and sometimes other gifts from God); We need to slow down long enough to read them (or receive them), to truly appreciate the messages of hope, love, peace, and joy they bring.
Questions to Consider:
As you prepare to celebrate the Christmas season, take some time to consider some of the gifts, big and small, God has given to you and those around you. What messages does He send with each of these gifts? What are some ways you can you slow down to receive them and be present with God?
Heavenly father, I thank you for being my provider, the greatest giver. I pray that my eyes would be open to see your gifts all around me. God, how your blessings flow! Help me to focus my attention on you when the world around me is full of distractions, so that I can receive the gifts and messages you have for me. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
End with two minutes of silence.