What do you want to do differently this year? I am so grateful that we follow a God who is all about second, third, fifth and twentieth chances. And I know I could use a bit of a restart in the new year.
I’m sure I don’t even need to reference all the stress of 2020, but here goes: No matter what you’ve faced this year, God is ready and waiting to help you make a fresh start. Whether you need help healing from loss or you’re trying to get a new career off the ground, He can help you move forward. Know that I’m praying for healing for you and all of the HCS family this week. Whether you’ve faced loss of loved ones, opportunities or just normal life.
May God bless our country, community & HCS family in 2021.
What’s your favorite Christmas song? We’ve pretty much always praised the Lord through song. David wrote His Psalms, Miriam sang as the Israelites left Egypt, Mary’s songs of praise are recorded in detail.
There is so much joy in praising the Lord. We’ve talked about the peace and hope of the Christmas season, but this week we get to light the candle of joy. And what joy it is!
Many of the trappings of Christmas might feel frivolous, but joy - joy that is founded in the eternal goodness of our perfect God - is a gift.
This Christmas will probably look different for many of us. My family loves large gatherings, but we’re keeping it smaller because of the pandemic. I hope you can take joy wherever you find it this year, and I hope these meditations focused on the glory of Christmas songs help!
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
Did you know that variations of the word “blessing” are used over 400 times in the Bible? It’s a powerful word, and one that’s used a few different ways. A “blessing” implies a one-time event, an action, but “blessed” implies a state of being. It’s not that a person was blessed once, end of story. Someone or something that has been blessed is always blessed.
Talk of blessing is perfect for the first week of Advent too. Yesterday was the first day of Advent - the day we lit the candle of hope. And our hope is as consistent as the Lord’s blessings in our lives. What a wonder.
How has the Lord blessed you? And how are you living in that blessing? There are so many ways to answer those two questions, but I hope they inspire you to count your blessings and then act on them.
"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so."
Advent is a special time for connecting with our children too. A good tradition to start as a family is to read a chapter of Luke every night. There are 24 chapters so it’s a perfect time to read about the life of Jesus throughout the month.