Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Christmas Letter
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
Often times the infamous Christmas letter is loaded with oodles of wonderful news about family members. Their successes, their grandchildren, their trips, their job promotions, their awards. But what about those out there not fitting in the category of sending 'good tidings of great joy?'
There are real pain, problems, and issues friends and family face they often hide. A prodigal son. A pregnant unmarried daughter. A child in jail. A son or daughter on drugs. A divorce in the family. Loss of custody of children. A child who walks away from their faith. A child who is in an alternate lifestyle. A son or daughter involved in a cult. I have heard numerous stories and know of several cases.
The good news is God is a God of redemption, love, second chances, and restoration. No one is beyond His reach. It is often the low moments of life that bring people to know Him. Whatever you are believing for keep on praying, believing and never quit. Don't ever point the finger at people or condemn them as you never know when something might touch your family. The key is to pray and to continue praying.
PRAYER: Father God I lift up those people out there today who may be reading this who have friends or family far from you. I pray you touch the hearts of those who have wandered away. Draw them back close to you and set them free. In Jesus' name. Amen.