December 11

Longing for a New Beginning

 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. And they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

Luke 2:8-12

 The heat of summer will finally be behind us and we will begin preparations for a new time in God’s natural and spiritual world. During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for a new beginning.

I had never lived in the country until moving to Jacksonville. This was a new thing God was doing in my life. I was unsure that it would be a good thing, but trusted God’s plan. Suddenly retired, far from a city of any major size, I was plopped in the middle of 82 acres with cows, horses, donkeys, and hay fields.

God began speaking to me through the beauty surrounding me. From the cathedral-like ceiling of towering trees to the donkey’s soft eyes, to the breathtaking dawn skies, God showed me His creation. I grew eager for each new revelation.

It seemed natural to use my Christmas cards to reflect God’s message. Each year I now look for a picture taken on our property that speaks of God’s glory. Last year, my sister Vicki captured a picture of a horse being ridden on our horse track against a spectacular sunset.

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This was the picture depicting this verse! “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.“ Luke 2:13-14

Father, thank You for sending Your Son. Thank You for Your creation which reveals Your glory and majesty. And thank You for answering our longing for salvation. Amen.

 Nancy Glass

Additional Scriptures: Psalm 19:1-2, Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 136:1-9

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