Archive | December 2014

wrappings

Wrappings

Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

Did you get what you wanted for Christmas this year? Can you look back on a Christmas of your childhood and remember a gift you wished for that was not hiding beneath colorful wrapping paper? Was it the Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Robots, the new Barbie camper with all the accessories, a kitty, a puppy, a new stereo, a diamond ring? I bet we can all think back to a gift we wished for that never arrived. In today’s times it doesn’t seem like we wait for much. Everything is instant: instant photos, quick credit, fast cash. This year I even heard that if someone living in New York City ordered from Amazon the day of Christmas Eve the package was guaranteed to be delivered in one hour.  One hour, that is crazy!

In our world today having to wait is becoming a negative. However, learning to wait when understood in the context of the Lord’s plan for us can be a beautiful concept. In Psalm 27:14 we read, Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.

This Psalm is reminding us that waiting is the path we are to follow.  It is, after all the path that Jesus followed during his life on this earth and during his death on the cross. Waiting can bring freedom.  Freedom comes in turning to the Lord and building that trust in a higher power.  Just as when we were children, it is not always best to get what we want the minute we realize we want it.  When we learn to live waiting for the Lord’s will in our lives we realize that our happiness is not dependent on getting what we want.

Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for the beautiful Christmas season we recently experienced. We thank you for friends, family and the blessings of life. May we walk into 2015 with waiting hearts. As we serve you in the new year may we seek your will, wait for your timing and embrace all that you have in store for us. Amen.

Devotional and photo by Marge McCoy

offering

woffering

“Christmas Offering”

Over the skies of Bethlehem appeared a star
While angels sang to lowly shepherds
Three wisemen seeking truth, they traveled from afar
Hoping to find the Child from Heaven falling on their knees
They bow before the humble Prince of peace

We bring an offering of worship to our King
No one on earth deserves the praises that we sing
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord, I bring an offering to You

The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love
There is no shadow in Your presence
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne
Before the Holy One of Heaven, it’s only by Your blood
It’s only through Your mercy, Lord I come

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord, I bring an offering to You

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord, I bring an offering to You

We bring an offering to You
We are an offering to You
An offering of praise we sing
An offering to You

We are an offering to You, Jesus
An offering of praise we sing
An offering to You
We are an offering, oh Lord

We are an offering of worship to our King
No one on earth deserves the praises that we sing
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord, we bring an offering to You
O Lord, we bring an offering

Offering to You
We bring an offering to You
We are an offering to You

Lyrics by Casting Crowns
Audio by Stephen Sollars
Photo by Cheryl Cook

little things

Captured

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
~ Aaron Siskind
Photo courtesy of Zimmer Family Photo Album

i heard the bells

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Lyrics Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Audio Stephen Sollars
Photo Marge McCoy

FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU… A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY!