Advent: Thursday, December 19 . . . Joy

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Today is a day of joy for my family.  Today is the day a new chapter began in our life. Today is the day we celebrate the homecoming of our son.

He was only a few months old when he came across the sea to come home; however, it seemed I had always known him.

At age five, I announced to the world what I knew to be true:  I would be adopting a child.  No one had talked to me about adoption.  But.  I knew.

It was the kind of knowing which only can be explained as from God. I prayed for twenty-eight years before he came home. There were times I did not see how it could happen or when it could happen. There were times I became discouraged and disappointed when the dream seemed impossible and unrealistic.

And.

There were times I believed God was at work and had not forgotten the dream put in my heart.

And.

There were times friends and family went out of their way to speak life into my dream.

So.

The dream stayed alive.

And.

It happened.

While we waited for his homecoming, I knew life would change; however, I had no idea of the incredible impact my son would have in my life.  Each chapter of his life has always ended with the blessing of knowing God in new and amazing ways.  

tim at me at graduation

When all is said and done, today is a reminder that God is always present and at work in the big and small details of life.

And.

This. is. joy. 

Listen . . .

Think On This . . .

Each day holds the opportunity to experience joy through the awareness of the reality of God’s presence.  

Genesis 28 paints a picture of the moment Jacob, one of the ancient patriarchs, became aware of God’s presence in the time and space he occupied.

Jacob said, “God is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it!”  . . .  He whispered in awe, “Incredible. Wonderful. Holy. This is God’s House. This is the Gate of Heaven(Genesis 28:16-17(MSG))

Jacob’s words align with the moment the individuals, who had gathered around the baby born in the manger, realized they were in the presence of God, Immanuel.  

In reality, God is always with us. Our awareness of the presence of God allows us to understand we are not alone.  

And.

Knowing the presence of God is an incredible . . . wonderful . . . holy gift.

Light Three Candles

Today . . .

light the candle symbolizing hope . . .  

light the candle symbolizing love . . .

and light the candle symbolizing joy. 

Take time to be aware of the reality of God’s presence. 

Experience the incredible, wonderful, and holy gift of knowing God is with you.

Merry Christmas!

Perspective . . . 

Then God was right before him, saying, “I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. I’m giving the ground on which you are sleeping to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will be as the dust of the Earth; they’ll stretch from west to east and from north to south. All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I’ll stay with you, I’ll protect you wherever you go, and I’ll bring you back to this very ground. I’ll stick with you until I’ve done everything I promised you”  (Genesis 28: 13-15 (MSG)). 

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