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The Gift That Lasts Year Round

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

It was two days after Christmas, and I was frustrated about how busy Iíd allowed myself to become during the hectic holiday season. Iím glad Christmas is over, I thought as I wandered down a side street in the town we were visiting.

Something about the propped-open front door of a small church prompted me to step inside. In the dim interior, a waist-high manger scene was arranged under a roof of dry palm fronds.

This is a bad place for a nativity display, I thought. Itís dwarfed by this huge stained-glass window of the Prodigal Son.

As I stood there, more thoughts came to mind. Youíre just like the Prodigal Son. Youíve been so worried about gifts and trips and wrapping and baking that youíve squandered your Christmas inheritance.

A pang of regret washed over me. Then the sun suddenly came from behind a cloud and blazed through the stained-glass window, making the words inscribed on the window glow brightly: ďBring forth the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand.Ē

My eyes followed the light down to the manger scene. Even though I was a prodigal child, God was still the loving Father. Year after year, He gives the gift of Christmas, beckoning me to find my way home.

Father, Iíve been distracted from spiritual things at Christmastime. Help me to come to my senses and start out for home today.

By Karen Barber

This devotion is excerpted from Daily Guideposts.

As I read this, I thought of how many people this likely applied to-are you one who also forgot the Reason for the Season? I hope this gentle reminder will help to guide us back to where we should focus at this time of year.
May your holiday be blessed and your new year bring you health and happiness.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAMEOANDLACE 12/27/2013 3:20PM

    Very nice Pat.

Indeed we should all slow down and remember the season.

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KARABEANLVRLNDA 12/27/2013 12:39PM

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IAMWINNING 12/27/2013 10:13AM

    A wonderful reminder to all of us to not just remember the Reason for the season, but to take the time to meditate on Him, and thank God for His forgiveness and love.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/27/2013 2:23AM


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JANIEWWJD 12/27/2013 12:22AM

    Beautiful blog!!!! Thank you!!!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/26/2013 10:24PM

    emoticon A gentle reminder indeed! HUGS!

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MEMKEEPR 12/26/2013 8:57PM

    Great post to remind us of the true reason for Christmas.

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OURELEE1 12/26/2013 7:38PM

  Thanks a beautiful blog

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SLENDERELLA61 12/26/2013 7:30PM

    Thanks for the message and the blessing!

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