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Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. 
     ~ Eric Sevareid

 She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

He will be great,
    be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
    the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
    no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

~ Luke 1:30-33

     Mary continued to think of others, up to, during and after Jesus was born.  She paid him heed, she heard his voice.  Of course there was that incident at the temple where he wandered off to his father’s house… But she did her level best to teach him all that he would need for the journey.

     I don’t know what surprises God has for you in this journey, but I do know that God has great plans for you.  You have come through so much.  Don’t keep moving until Christmas stuff is “done.”  Sit.  Receive the full blessing of the gift He has given you.  Tell your sister.  Don’t let her die without knowing the joy of the Lord.  Help her let go of all the awful things that were visited upon you as children.  

     You are a child of God.  Sit still and just be held.  That moment that you take for you will have long lasting affects in all that you plant from here on in.

Because of Him,



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Just Be Held

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. 
     ~ Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969
God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
   ~ Hebrews 4:12
     I serve some amazing children.  They come from affluence and poverty, joy and pain, struggle and flight.  When I sit in the choir loft on Sunday and look out at them, my heart is full.  They are kind and fidgety, compassionate and curious and they explode in joy at the most unusual times.  I am amazed at how they come up smiling after seeing, or knowing what they go home to every  night…what you go home to every night.
     I think my pastor chuckles at me for wanting to go and sit with the children every Sunday, and I know that it comes from an honest urging to go because I am a child of God. I see the child of God in him, in the congregation aging and otherwise.
      You are a precious child of God.  A God who knows the secrets, who knows why you blame yourself for things that you had no control over, a God who see the jewel you are, and the shine you are developing.  Sometimes, one just has to let go and be held.  Today, let the arms of God enfold you.
Just Be Held – Casting Crowns
Because of Him,

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Just Be Held

Sorrow makes us all children again — destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. 
                                                        ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.
                                       ~ Romans 15:7
     My Aunt, my favorite, most faithful aunt, my only remaining relative from that generation, is gone to be with the Lord.  We spent some glorious time together in this life.  She was there for my very first day in the world.  And she will be there for my very first day in the next, standing with the rest of my family.
     My Uncle and my family have been in touch every day.  We are telling stories back and forth, laughing, crying and being together as we can.  The best thing about this whole experience is this:  the Lord is present in every conversation, as are open hearts, open minds, pure love.
    Letting of her is hard.  Then I heard this song on K-Love yesterday.  Just Be Held by Casting Crowns.
     Just be held. Relax into the love, the tender mercies, the everlasting arms of the one who keeps you, who lay down His life for you, the one who knows you from before time began.  Just be held.
     Because of Him,
    Here are the lyrics:  
“Just Be Held”

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who wont let go


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