Glory Seed Devotional 12/17/2014

A Glory Seed Devotional for the Greater Glory of God

Jesus is the SEASON…

“They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay.” (Luke 2:16, CEV)

“Oh, God of wisdom, I want to praise you and give you my life. Like a loving parent, you bless me. You have watched over me, knowing my history and the path that led me to you. Thank you for the peace you promise peace in my life.
I ask that I be always aware of the strength of your great power. May it never leave me. So many people before me in so many generations, have served you so humbly, answering your call. Please give me the wisdom and courage to be your humble servant.”**

This will be Christmas number 68 for me and while many of them are locked away in my memory one common thread continues to weave itself out of my memory and onto the tapestry of my life. Jesus is born and like the lowly/exalted shepherds his birth is an invitation compelling me to reach into the manger and take him into my heart.

Last night on social media I again come across the widespread saying “Jesus is the reason for the season” and once again from out of the hidden vaults of my memory came “Jesus IS the SEASON! And we are the reason for the SEASON!” I am not sure the source those 14 words perhaps the Holy Spirit planted them in my memory all I can really say is they have for several years not only been a guiding Light in my life but the source of divine strength and peace through some pretty rough weather.

Whenever we take Jesus in our hearts and he takes us in his heart we undergo a change in seasons entering our Jesus Season a season where storms become peace, weaknesses become strengths, apathy becomes perseverance, hatred becomes love, where selfishness becomes generosity.

This year on Christmas Eve I want to (in my imagination) stand at Jesus’ manger and say just three words, “Thank you Jesus!”

Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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Jesus said, “I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” (John 8:12, CEV)

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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”

**“Taken from Praying Advent, on Creighton University’s Online Ministries web site:
http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html
Used with permission.”

Picture painted by kendraburton.com words added.

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