May we spend time out of this weekend in quiet contemplation of You, Father, Your Word, Your Love. May we grow in You and be firmly rooted in You, that we would be pleasing to You in all ways. Amen.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
to cause to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3
Father God, as I think about being rooted in You, I feel this beautiful sense of strength…not my strength but Yours. I am watered through those roots by Your Word, the Truth. The roots grow…the tree grows. I thirst for You, LORD. And You fill me to full. The fullness is from You. I gain because You bless me with Your love, Your grace, Your righteousness, Your all. You build me up as I dwell in Your Presence. As I am with You, I yield fruit…the more time I spend with You, the more fruit this tree yields. And then others benefit from that fruit as I walk in this world. You prosper me as I do my best to walk in Your ways for my life. I hear a word behind me, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when I turn to the right or to the left. I will walk there, LORD. I am Yours and Yours alone, Father. Thank You for Jesus for I would have no God-given root system without Him, without Your sacrifice, without Your love. In His Name, I pray. Amen.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
from a derivative of μύω mýō (to shut the mouth); a secret or “mystery” (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites):—mystery
- something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain, a riddle
- the condition or quality of being secret, strange; a person or thing whose identity or nature is puzzling or unknown
- the secret rites of Greek and Roman pagan religion, or of any ancient or tribal religion, to which only initiates are admitted
- the practices, skills, or lore peculiar to a particular trade or activity, regarded as baffling to those without specialized knowledge
- and chiefly Christian Theology–a religious belief based on divine revelation, esp. one regarded as beyond human understanding, an incident in the life of Jesus or of a saint as a focus of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, esp. each of those commemorated during recitation of successive decades of the rosary.
For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Ephesians 3:1-6
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
God chose the time and the place for His mystery to be revealed. Just as we are able to understand a Truth in His Word, He knows when to reveal something to our individual hearts and minds. In Paul’s time, God knew that the time was His to reveal the Truth in order to break down the wall between the Jew and Gentile. He wanted the Gospel preached to the Gentile world and they would, then, be partakers of the privileges instead of lying in ignorance and idolatry forever. He surely desired that the Jews, His Chosen People, would also see clearly now.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:1-3
The veil would be removed in Christ.
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
“This mystery, thus made known, is Christ in you (or among you) the hope of glory. Observe, Christ is the hope of glory. The ground of our hope is Christ in the word, or the gospel revelation, declaring the nature and methods of obtaining it. The evidence of our hope is Christ in the heart, or the sanctification of the soul, and its preparation for the heavenly glory.” Matthew Henry
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
vindicated by the Spirit,
seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
believed on in the world,
taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:16
Father God, I shout Hallelujah! because You have removed the veil for all to see the Truth of Your blessings, this greatest of all mysteries. I am so grateful that I know You through Your Son, Christ Jesus. I have Christ in me, hope of glory in me. Such blessed moments! May I seek Your face and kneel before You for You are power and glory and honor and blessing. You are the God of all, All in all…Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent. Praising You, Father for revealing Your mystery to us. I pray in the Name of Your Glorious Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Revelation 1:3
- to distinguish between, to recognize, to know accurately, to acknowledge…hence…
- to read
As a school teacher, children’s librarian, and now a private tutor for primary school-aged children, I teach reading among a few other subjects. Reading is my favorite because once a child grasps the ability to read, to sound out words, to put words into sentences and paragraphs, they begin to see those black marks on pages with a new perspective. It is such a pleasure to watch and is a joyous moment for these little ones.
Reading is made up of learning phonics, memorizing sight words, or reading all by sight rather than phonetically. It also is realizing that some/many words in the English language just do not make sense because they break the “rules.” I called them ‘outlaw words’ when I taught school; actually, I still do. The schools around here call them ‘rule breakers’…same thing. With a paper jail placed up on the bulletin board of the classroom, those words are put in jail and whenever a child has a hard time sounding a word out, I tell them that it is an ‘outlaw word.’ They immediately look to the jail and know the word. Funny how those little tricks work! Reading also includes comprehension, grammar, and so much more.
In the verse above, ‘to read’ goes deeper than learning to read. As we read God’s Word, spending time in His Word to us requires a relationship with the One Who wrote these words. We may hear far more than a simple reading might divulge. We may receive insight and knowledge of just what God means, what He is wanting to say to us, what God expects of us. There is so much buried in this beautiful Treasure. The Bible is a jewel that we have been given to read, to dive into, delve, explore, search, dwell upon, mull over, reflect upon.
There is so much to learn in God’s Word.
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,…. Ephesian 3:4
LORD, I love Your Word. I can read it, but I pray that I will understand just what You intend for me to learn. I want to grow and gain in wisdom, in integrity, in genuineness, and in love as I listen to You through Your Word and through the Holy Spirit. May words that seem foreign to me not be outlaw words for You make them clear to me. As I read Your Word, I ask Your Holy Spirit to guide and direct me so that the words coming from me are sincere and loving toward all I encounter. I want to reflect Jesus to others, and that will come by knowing You, LORD.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
I pray in the solid Name of Jesus. Amen.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,…” Isaiah 55:10
to sow; figuratively, to disseminate, plant, fructify:—bear, conceive seed, yield seed, set with sow(-er), yield.
As the Eastern Seaboard has a major winter storm hitting it as I type these words, I visualize the water cycle in full force…from rain/snow to watering the earth, to growing the crop, and yielding seed to the sower, producing food to eat. It is a natural cycle which produces much.
There has been news of dread for this storm to hit. It makes me think of the Western coast of the USA which needs rain and snow to relieve the people and the land of years of drought. Texas and other states were in drought for a number of years, but the water cycle kicked in and deeply soaked the earth in this area. We want water and need it for survival.
Isaiah 55:11 says…
“…so shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth;
it shall not return to Me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
emptily; figuratively (objective) ineffectually, (subjective) undeservedly:—without cause, empty, in vain, void.
Just as the water cycle yields seed for future crops, God’s Word yields seeds for the new harvest of His children. His Word does not spin around in the air without producing that which God purposes. It does not return void, as some versions of the Bible say. The Word of God is needed for survival as water.
Father, Your world is amazing. You have created so much and it all works together for Your good and Your glory. A tiny seed can sow food or flowers or a lush green plant or a tree. The seed of Your Word can also sow Mighty ones in Your Name. You grow us to look and act more and more like Your Son as we delve into Your Word even more. You grow us so that we can take the seed and sow it further and further. Thank You, LORD. May the beauty of Your Name be upon our tongues. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the Bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this Bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as He taught at Capernaum.
When many of His disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray Him.) And He said,“This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that You are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69
Oh, no! LORD, I do not want to go away. I am Yours. Your flesh is my true food, my nourishment. Your blood is my true drink, the quencher of my thirst. I am counting the cost by this question and choose to walk with You to the Cross. I was given the word “commit” this year and am committed to You. I am pierced by Your question, but more so by Your death … ’twas for me. I am touched deeply by walking with You and knowing that some turned away from You. I do not want to be double-minded, LORD. Peter understood Your question, yet he said he loves You three times, but had denied You three times as You went to the Cross. You died for him too. Oh, I am sorry when I left You, LORD. I have asked and received Your forgiveness. May I humble myself and seek Your Holy Face, Father. May my whole being be contrite towards You. I love You. I follow You; I abide with You. You are my strength that I may go with You to the Cross, that one meant for me. In my daily journey, You provide the cross for me to carry. I am carrying it with me as I pray. You provide the joy that I can count as I face the trials in this world. Thank You, LORD Jesus. You are my One and Only Savior. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17
All these things My hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the LORD.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at My Word. Isaiah 66:2
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No matter what version of the Bible you are reading, the word “commit” and “committed” appear over and over again.
“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
And the rest shall hear and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you. Deuteronomy 19:20
Almost every time, the word is in regard to committing a sin, warnings about committing a sin, or the consequences of committing a sin.
So this is my 2016 word.
I do not want to commit any sin against God. I am also human and, most likely, will commit some thing(s) against Him. I am sorry before I even do such as I do not want that for myself nor to do such against the God I love with all of my heart.
When I chose “commit” as my word, I included those meanings listed above, but, actually, I am focusing on committing my life, my walk, my heart, my all to God, desiring His orchestration of me…all of me!
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him, and He will act. Psalm 37:5
I do not want to be half-hearted and need extra proof from Jesus to commit my life, my days, my moments to Him.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know Me, Philip? Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority, but the Father Who dwells in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. John 14:8-11
I believe, LORD. Please help my unbelief.
and perform your vows to the Most High,
and call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” Psalm 50:14-15
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies Me;
to one who orders his way rightly.
I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23
In thanksgiving, I commit myself to You because of all the You have done for me. I praise You, Abba Father, for in Your sacrifice of Your Son, I am now saved from death, having eternal life with You. I give You all the glory because You are All…ALL! Teach me to walk in Your ways and Your way alone. I am so in love with You. I am committed to You because You are truly Enough. Uphold me when I stumble; lift me when I fall. Your arms are strong enough and wide enough for me. Your touch is tender enough for me. Your love is true enough for me. You are enough, Father. Enough. In the Name that is Enough, I pray. Amen.
For God alone my soul waits in silence;… Psalm 62:1a
Mourning Doves’ cooing
Recalling my mother’s delight
Stillness, silence allows thoughts to surface
The gifts of life have a chance to permeate
Silence often begins with seeing and hearing the world around me
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1
Feeling the tenderness of His Love upon my heart
Words of His Word soak in,
drawing meaning of what He means
His silence teaches me that I am to be silent
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
The LORD’s silence is not of this world.
The world demands noise, talk, loudness, busy-ness,
too much going IN
with nothing of substance able to go OUT
too much world going IN
not enough of Him going IN
and nothing of Him going OUT
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; … Ecclesiastes 3:7b
Time, moments with Him in silence …
necessary … in relationship.
Go with Him to pray
Be with Him to learn
Look at Him to reflect
Quietly, still, in silence
and I slow down whether the world around me does or not.
But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him. Habakkuk 2:20
Father God, Your beauty surrounds me in the stillness, in the white. The gentle touch, as of an angel’s wing, glides across my face, reminding me that You are here. Father, I sense Your love in the silence, Your peace in the stillness. How I love the breath of air in the silent, in this cold air. It gives me hope, calm. My breath is Your breath for You first breathed in me to give me life. You first loved me to teach me love. You are my first Love. In this quiet, I sense You and know that You are near. I draw near to You for Your Presence is so real, so lovely this day. Your touch tenderly caresses my face, yet is silent. Oh, how I love You, my LORD. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in Him, and He will act. Psalm 37:5
a primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively):—commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), seek occasion, trust, wallow
To roll: a reproach being rolled off or removed from someone:
Take away from me scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies. Psalm 119:22
To roll: one’s ways and works rolled onto (committed to, entrusted to) someone (especially God):
Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24
to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone
to forget one’s self, lose sight of one’s self and one’s own interests
Commitment to Jesus Christ is a lifetime commitment, one which requires time, work, and determination. Commitment also requires faith, trust, hope.
Commitment can build faith and trust, and can develop character.
I made a commitment to Christ Jesus July 17, 1993. I have left my cross on many-a-path since then, yet have picked it up again and again. I have not stopped following Jesus, but, when I relinquished my cross those times, I would be singing la-ti-da without a full commitment. I thought I was denying myself, yet I was denying the fact that I had even dropped my cross.
Commitment feels rather scary. Yet I know that I am heaven bound because I laid my trust and hope in the One and Only Lord Jesus, the One Who came to this earth to save me, Who died for me, and Who was resurrected for me. He will return for me one day.
In 1993, I chose to marry my husband and am so very committed to this wonderful man, to our marriage, to our walk with Jesus. I am not afraid of this earthly marriage.
‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:7-9
I am wholly committed to Jesus, following Him as He has called me. LORD, I will do my best. I thank You for picking me up when I fall and for loving me when I am wayward. I am still Yours.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
“Being killed all the day long….” Teach me, LORD, Your way in this life. I am not of this world, but am in it. I want to be separate. I want to be the sojourner in this strange land because I am Yours.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Jesus prayed for His own (John 17), committed them/us to His Father:
When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You, since You have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. …. “I have manifested Your Name to the people whom You gave Me out of the world. Yours they were, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they know that everything that You have given Me is from You. For I have given them the words that You gave Me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I am praying for them. …. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. …. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent Me. I made known to them Your Name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
I want to memorize all of this prayer this year and know the very love that Jesus has for me. I want to know it deeply. I want to delve into The Word, Jesus Christ, to know Him more and more. I am recommitting my life, Jesus, to You. My life is Yours. I am Your sheep. You are my Shepherd. I am Your child. You are my Father, my Abba Father. I want to be obedient to You. I am wholly Yours. Guide my every step. Please hold me near. Forgive me when I stray. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Luke 4:26-29
My word for 2015: Expectant
- having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something pleasant and interesting
- the state of looking forward to the coming or occurrence of
…and thus began my original post a year ago.
God taught me much this year. He guided me on paths where He shed His Light. He wove words here at Being Woven for many to learn, to grow, to find comfort and wisdom, including me. He exposed His Son to many who needed, and still may need, Him.
Some of the words I have shared this Christmas season were of Simeon and Anna who waited expectantly for the Messiah. I had hoped that I would have been more like these two beautiful people. Yet, God never failed to show up to teach me and to grow me. He was always there. He always showed up. He answered me. He loved me. He held me.
I did miss Him more times that I even know, more times because my eyes may have been closed, my ears and mind chose not to listen, my life too busy that I just did not know He was beside me. I expected God often, but I was impatient and longing for Him to show up. When He did not come on my time schedule, I often went ahead and figured things out myself, sometimes with disappointment or needing to lay my own ideas down…turning it all back to God. I am learning.
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps. Psalm 135:6
I still expect God to lead me in His way from now on until He calls me Home. This word “expectant” is still my word. It is a special word for me now as I know that I can count on God to be with me always, to show up always for He never leaves me, never forsakes me.
…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrew 11:1
C. S. Lewis said, “True faith is never found alone; it is accompanied by expectation.”
As I lift my eyes unto You, LORD, the One Who answers prayers, the One Who makes promises which are always kept, the One Who loves me unconditionally, my heart becomes filled with expectancy. That expectancy is not only for things or my ways, but for You, God, my Father, to be ever present in my life. I look to You, and You Alone. As I grow in Your knowledge and wisdom, I will come to understand Your greatness more and more. Dependent upon You, I want to live with an expectant heart, soul, and mind. I pray in the Powerful and Holy Name of Jesus. Amen.
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a Son. And he called His name Jesus. Matthew 1:20-25
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
He became flesh.
He dwelt among us.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
The Word was God.
In Him is life.
The Light is He.
The true Light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. John 1:9-10
This Light was coming.
For to us a Child is born,
to us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder,
and His name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The Son came and will come again.
And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11
Father God, You have seen us and know we are weak and are sinners. You chose to gift us by Your Son, Your precious Son. You came as a Babe that we would see flesh, yet have the ability to chose to receive You or reject You. I chose, late in life, but early enough, to receive You as my God, my Lord and Savior. I worship You, glorify Jesus, Immanuel, Son, God with us, and desire to listen and obey the Holy Spirit. All One yet Three. I cherish these days because I am Yours. I cherish the moments when we are quiet together and I am in Your arms. I cherish You, my Father, my Abba Father. You have given me the most beautiful gift imaginable. I pray that those of my family who do not know Jesus as their Savor and their Lord will have open eyes and ears this Christmas season to hear and see that the Babe has come. I so very much want them to be in Heaven with us, Father. May the stillness at the manger be in their hearts. May the calm of the night when the shepherds followed the Star call them to Your Son this night. May the joy of Christ truly ring in their ears. And may the Prince of Peace come to rule in their hearts for always, for eternity. In the Name of the Holy One, I pray. Amen.