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Dec
08

DO YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS ?..

God’s Word: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6
Angels We Have Heard on High
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly, sweetly through the night
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brief delight
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Wisdom Shared: There are some days that I wake up with a song in my heart that brings joy and inspiration to the start of my day.  Today the song; Angels We Have Heard on High … was the song.  It is this time of year that we are inundated with images of  “The Magic of Christmas” … I will submit to you there is no magic,  we want to buy into the propaganda of magic because it keeps religion out of the concept of Christmas.   There are family traditions and memories that bring a life time filled with joy.    But, what if I told you that it is not a time of year or place … or magical?  It is an absolute miraculous event an expression of love for all humanity…  It’s not a feeling but a presence … And they shall call him “Emmanuel” which means God is with us [Isaiah Chapter 9] …   It is that prophetic word of the birth of Jesus, that empowers us to the joy of God’s Holy presence.

This is Love -  That the little Babe … was born to die for us to bring life in all its abundance.

The Bible states it this way:

Hebrews 2:8-10

… and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them,[c] God left nothing that is not subject to them.[d] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.[e]9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.

It is a presence that leads us into eternity … The ultimate gift that brings wisdom, courage and strength.  The gift that is continually enriching our lives in the midst our troubles and fears yes, God preserves our lives.  In the midst of our brokenness and sorrows there is joy for tomorrow.  In our daily journey in life there is an Mighty Counselor, Everlasting Father … a Prince of Peace.  As you  move through your day and you see the words do you believe? … If you do believe in Christ, take the opportunity to share the “Good News of Emmanuel … God is with us!  And if you don’t believe in Christ seek the true meaning behind the Miracle of Christmas …

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,

In Christ Love,

Jennifer Pettiford