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Today’s Truth

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge Psalm 91:4

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A story in National Geographic several years ago provided an interesting picture of God’s wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage.

At the base of a tree, one ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes. Dismayed by the strange sight, the ranger knocked the bird over with a stick. To his amazement, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings. The loving mother, sensing the impending disaster, had carried her chicks to the base of the tree and gathered them under her wings. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. The blaze had descended upon her, scorching her small body, but the mother remained steadfast, willing to die so those under the cover of her wings would live.

God’s love is like that. Jesus is God spelling out His love for you in a language you can understand. God’s love changes everything and everyone it touches. It protects and breathes life and purpose into every minute of every day. God’s love is a gift beyond measure that surrounds us and covers us when the fire of life rains down. It is God’s love and the very reason for the season we call Christmas – or it should be.

I know many of you are experiencing those “fires” of life this year. No job and no prospect of one. Someone you love is very ill or maybe you are the one battling to survive each day. A rebellious child has broken your heart. A secret addiction is slowly destroying your life. Your spouse packed his bags and walked out the front door because he no longer wants to be married. It is hard to celebrate anything in the midst of such darkness.

I have great news for you, girlfriend.

You can celebrate Jesus. Do not believe the lies of the enemy when he tells you that your God has forsaken you. God is with you – Emmanuel. God understands your fear and loneliness. He endured the cross, completely and absolutely alone because He loves you and because no one can take your place in the Father’s heart. No matter where this Christmas Eve finds you – you can celebrate Jesus.

Let’s Pray

Father, I celebrate You and the love You so freely offer. I may not understand some of the things happening in my life right now but I choose to trust You with each one. My faith is small, Lord. Give me Your strength for each step and help me to remember that You are with me. Lord, today I celebrate Your birth. Thank You for the gift of life and love I find in knowing You. My Christmas gift to You is everything I am, everything I have, everything I hope to be.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now it’s Your Turn

Find some time today to spend alone with God. Praise and worship Him for who He is, Lord, King, Father and Shepherd. Celebrate the perfect plan and design of God for your life.

More from the Girlfriends

Sharon, Gwen and I pray that this Christmas is a true celebration of Jesus Christ at work in your life. It is such an honor to do life with you.

May God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;

The warmth of Christmas, which is love;

The radiance of Christmas, which is purity;

The righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;

The belief in Christmas, which is truth;

The all of Christmas, which is Christ.

12 Responses to “The All of Christmas”

  1. Tina says:

    Thank you so much Mary for today’s devotional! I super needed this one so much! And thanks to you, Sharon and Gwen for doing life with me everyday. I love the devotionals and the stories you all relate to the scriptures for the day. And thanks for letting us (readers) into a little of your personal space with some of those stories. God has his hand on this ministry! Merry Christmas!

  2. Pamela Ross says:

    This is such a beautiful devotional thought, I am planning to share it with my family for our welcome of Sabbath time and worship this evening. Thank you for the reminder that Christmas is absolutely about Christ and his amazing love and sacrifice for us. May you all be blessed and continue to do this ministry to the glory of God. Thank you! 🙂

  3. Thank you for today’s message. I feel like I am wondering around looking for God’s purpose in my life. When I take the time to lesson to the Holy Spirit the purpose becomes clearer. Marry Christmas and thank you for your messages. God Bless you all.

  4. Mandy Foley says:

    Beautiful devotional! Christmas is such a beautiful celebration when you remember to appreciate the the true reason!, thanks!

  5. Merry Christmas, friend.

  6. I heard a similar story but it was a dog and firemen found her puppies safe beneath her.

  7. Martha says:

    Thank you for this devotional today. I love the story of the mama bird who died to save her babies, what a great analogy of what Jesus did for us!

  8. jBarbara Baker ... says:

    Thank you for this beautiful message, this month has been a really tough season for me and this message I needed..thanks to all of you love reading these messages each day.. Barb

  9. julia says:

    yep aint that the truth. this year is the worst year ever. not only being a f p and had few misguided kids got diagnosed with bad health (not one, but might as well say four things wrong with me). not on speaking terms with a relative and been a month almost. I can care less about Christmas this year. (yes I know it isn’t about us it is about our lord and savior jesus being born. I miss having a kid around for the hoiidays. medical bills out of the wazoo just cant take it nomore. thank you for this message. this year just don’t want to be bothered with the holidays just want to be alone with my hubby.

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