Updated: Dec 9, 2022
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. ~Hebrews 13:5
The season of hustle and bustle is upon us. How easy it is to get lured into all the entrapments of this world versus the joy and celebration of the Savior. We get bombarded by materialism day after day. The pursuit for more is a fever that burns through our culture.
While the world screams more, the Bible whispers that there is a better way.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. ~1 Timothy 6:6-7
Then he (Jesus) said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." ~Luke 12:15
Contentment starts with gratitude. When we focus on all that we have to be grateful for, it makes all that we have become enough. Gratitude fuels contentment.
Here in Minnesota, winter is a time to slow down. The days are short, the nights are long. The winter solstice is meant to be a time to withdraw and hibernate. It is a God given time to rest. Many resist this beckoning call to rest and retreat. It is hard to slow down, pause and reflect. But, what if we just embraced it? What if we made peace with it instead of resisting and running? Is there joy and contentment right there? Joy in the simple?
Contentment in a cup of hot coffee and a soft, warm blanket.
Sitting quiet in the glow of Christmas lights on a wintery cold night.
Enjoying the sweet Presence of the Savior as you sit at His feet with your eyes lifted off the things of this world and looking ahead for His Kingdom.
It is coming. His Kingdom is coming!
The onslaught of evil in our world only proves that He is coming very, very soon.
Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.
~Luke 12:37 NKJV
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
Hearts worship Him in the silence of night.
Come and behold Him when the dark closes in.
He is right there with you. You are never alone.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let earth receive her King.
All is calm. All is bright.
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia. Christ the Savior is born!
Pray with me...
We come to worship You. Forgive us for looking for more during this season instead of simply celebrating You. You are our portion and our joy; more than enough to satisfy our hearts. Thank You for coming to this earth to save us. Thank You for the winter solstice and this season of night to slow us down. Help us to do just that...to live simple and slow. Help us to bask in the glow of Christmas with our hearts focused on You. Teach us to spend more time in Your Word. Draw us in to it. Whether our hearts ache with loss, or they are filled with joy, You remain the same. You are our anchor and You promise us the hope of Heaven. Thank You for Jesus and that He paved a way for us to have eternal life. Protect us here on earth as evil continues to increase all around us. Hold us close and surround us with Your angels. Let thy kingdom come and thy will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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