Daily D – 1 Corinthians 15:9
1 Corinthians 15:9 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. (NIV)
Christmas and Easter are complete wastes of time and money if Jesus did not rise from the dead and ascend to our Father in heaven. The billions of believers who place their faith in him are indeed pitiable. Christmas and Easter are joyful celebrations because he lives, he reigns, and he is coming again.
An old, old Christmas carol silenced my singing yesterday as deep truth and musical beauty combined to declare again how 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).
Sitting with Ollie and Millie before the fire and listening to a smooth jazz Christmas, a plaintive horn bid us
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
It was a miracle Handel’s Messiah was ever performed. Read the backstory and see all the complications and barriers and outright evil that almost derailed it forever. Only by the grace of God was it completed and presented by some of the very people who sought to ruin the show. It was, and is, a work of amazing grace. Christmas and Easter stand side by side as one beautiful story of God’s love for his lost sons and daughters, and his seeking, saving, redeeming nature.
My prayer for us all is whether in the car or the mall, whether at church or at work, we hear those old familiar carols and hymns and find our attention turned once again to him and his amazing love. Indeed, how can it be?
Christmas and Easter endure not out of habit, but out of truth and life and the fondest hope and the most wonderful dream that will soon come truer than true for me and for you.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by The Piano Guys
I will sing my praise for our Father who saves.
Our Father, how could we not offer you our most beautiful praise and worship? You love to the utmost. You give love without limit to all who will receive it. May we bear carols and hymns in our hearts beyond their stated seasons. May they forever remind us of how much you love us each and every one. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”