Some children see Him…

"Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved."  Used with permission.
“Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved.” Used with permission. icon to hear music.)

Some children see Him lily-white
The Baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily-white
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heaven to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair.
The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace
And filled with Holy Light.
Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the Infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

                                           – Alfred Burt, 1951

Mary’s Boy Child

Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber /
Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber /
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Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.
“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
they saw a bright, new shining star,
and heard a choir from heaven sing,
the music came from afar.
“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“a new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.
Now Joseph and his wife, Mary,
came to Bethlehem that night.
They found no place to bear her child,
not a single room was in sight.
But but-and-by they found a little nook,
in a stable, all forlorn.
And in a manger, cold and dark,
Mary’s little Boy Child was born.
Trumpets sound and angels sing,
listen to what they say,
That man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas day.
 – Jester Hairston, 1956

…will He really find faith…?

The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Oh, the love of Jesus! The great, great, LOVE of Jesus.

Truly, all we like sheep have gone astray, drawn by distractions that lead us away from Him.  YET, the Great Shepherd persistently and patiently seeks US out.

The two characteristics we observe in the widow in the parable in Luke 18:1-8 are persistence and patience.  In many ways, these traits reflect the character of God, in Whose image we are created, and Whose love for us never ends.

As we grow and mature in knowing Him through His Word, we become aware of God’s character, often expressed through Jesus and the stories (parables) He shared.  Those story lines are always captivating.  The purpose of each is for us to notice/understand the character trait(s) taught.  And…the ultimate lesson in each is to practice those trait(s) in our walk with Him, in this case, persistence and patience.

Help me, Lord, to become more like You in my character.  And, help me to be a teachable student.

The Secret Place

Numbers 6:24-26

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.” (NKJV)
Psalm 91:1-2

“He Will Deliver You”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge; (NKJV)
Psalm 91:3-4a

“His Truth….Your Shield”

His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in the darkness,
Nor  of the destruction that  lays waste at noonday. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:4b-6

“A Thousand May Fall”

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But  it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:7-8

“The LORD….Your Dwelling Place”

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:9-13

“His Love”

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation. (NKJV)
Psalm 91:14-16

The Secret Place: Deliverance, Truth, Shelter, Love!

Richest blessings to you!
Number 6:24-26