(Richard wrote this in December of 2012 – his last Christmas here on earth. May Gd Bless you as you celebrate the birth of our Savior!) njh
PRESENTS and PRESENCE
We all love to give and receive presents! Right now our home is decorated inside and out – shopping and wrapping done, food being cooked for a party with dear friends, carols on the radio. Even in sunny (although today – rainy) California, the colors of the Christmas season are all around us.
Looking at the presents made me think of the word presence. Gifts we give and the Giver of Gifts! We need to take a deep breath and make sure we are not spending too much time with the gifts (presents) and not enough time with the giver – in God’s presence.
Presents we buy can make us forget about His presence and the fact that everything we have is from Him! And He desires to be in our presence! James 1: 17-18 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created
Often we sense His presence but in our very human way tell him; “later Lord – I am too busy right now”. We “put Him on the back burner” so to speak. He gave us His only begotten Son and we don’t give Him a few minutes of our time?
And when we give Him a few minutes to be in His presence, we are given gift after gift of understanding, peace, joy, love, the leading of the Lord in our everyday lives! He speaks to our minds and our hearts and we realize His Word is alive and sharper than a two edge sword; ready to arm us in our battles against any enemy!
So as you look at gifts this December – remember the Giver of Life!
When you see a present – remember to stay in His Presence!
God Bless you!
ATM (God is always) Available To Me