Holiday Devotional - December 10, 2016

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Run To Him

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

I know how thrilled I am when our 2-year old grandson gets so excited to do FaceTime and calling "Nana, Nana." It just melts my heart. It also lets me know that he knows who I am and he recognizes me and wants me to know that he knows me. He keeps repeating it over and over again. It also warms my heart and makes me feel loved when we get to visit and he runs to meet me with outstretched arms.

Do you suppose our Heavenly Father, in the same way, is excited when we want to talk or listen to Him? He calls to us, throughout His Word, to do just this. He wants us to come to Him - to run to Him with outstretched arms. We are invited into His presence.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16

We should be excited just like our 2-year old grandson to get God's attention and spend time with Him. Not just at Christmas but each and every day. However, here at Christmas time, we are particularly rushed and busy. Are you burdened with all you have to do: all that shopping? cooking? entertaining? the unending To-Do List? Then why not go to Him and He will give you rest?

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Is this hard for you to do? Being still is hard for me. However, He wants that of us. When things are pushing on that last nerve, when the kids are driving you crazy, when the phone won’t quit ringing, when you can’t find that perfect gift, when the cake just fell, when you burned the cookies, take a break. Be still! He will meet you right there and give you His peace.

… the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

I do not know about you, but I do not want to disappoint God this Christmas. I am sure you do not either. God loved us enough to send His one and only Son into this crazy world so that we could have a relationship with Him if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I saw an advertisement for a tee shirt the other day. The shirt read "Christmas begins with Christ" and, it does. But it is so much more than "begins." I understand what the meaning is, but it is the beginning through the end and everything in between. Without that special birth, we would have no Christmas.

Let us intentionally please Him this Christmas - thanking Him that He, Father God, sent His Son, whose birth we are celebrating. Let us, as my grandson does to me, run to Him with open arms and call His name. He will be happy and excited to welcome us!

Jane Morrow
CSPC Women's Administrative Assistant