For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord… And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, (Luke 2:11, 13 ESV)
When one picks a present for a loved one, the shopping and careful research brings joy. Concealing the chosen gift in beautiful wrapping paper can summon a smile as we imagine the look on our loved one’s face when they discover and unwrap. The last and perhaps greatest joy is the reading of the tag and presentation of the gift, for the anticipation and joy meet at their highest point.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8 ESV)
Jesus, this whole Psalm is the song of my heart today and encouragement to my soul. I feel...
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10)
O Lord. Let this verse sink into my soul and take deep root in my thinking. This is the hope to which we were called. Thank you for calling us to yourself in Christ, that we might experience your love and grace.