Today marked the completion of 80 hours of class work over the course of 4 full weekends. Two classes, two fantastic teachers, 2 completed papers, sixty more fellow educators I now know well, one husband who wins the award for best help-mate of the year.
The Conrads have entered our go-season, and it’s quite a ride. Somehow, the Lord makes a way. The five of us went five different directions today, and we ended the evening with 7 around our kitchen table sharing a meal, sharing life. And my God provides. He provides strength when weary, perspective when selfishness begs to grab hold, thankfulness when entitlement wants to creep in, and resources to meet all our needs.
I have not been able to physically attend church, but he gives me podcasts to listen to. I have not been able to attend sporting events, but he provides live texts, and video recording to view. I have a Bible app. and I receive several devotions in my inbox. This one, by Roy Lessin, grabbed my attention this morning.
Scripture promised Him. Genesis 3:15
Abraham believed in Him. Galatians 3:6-8,16-18
Moses lived for Him. Hebrews 11:23-26
Isaiah prophesied about Him. Isaiah 53
David knew of Him. Mark 12:35-36
Israel hoped for Him. Jeremiah 17:13-14
Elizabeth blessed Him. Luke 1:43
Mary magnified Him. Luke 1:46-47
Shepherds spoke of Him. Luke 2:17-18
Wise men worshiped Him. Matthew 2:11
Simeon looked upon Him. Luke 2:25-30
Anna testified of Him. Luke 2:36-38
John wrote of Him. John 20:31
God anointed Him. Acts 10:38
Disciples walked with Him. Matthew 4:19
Seekers talked with Him. Luke 24:32
Thomas confessed Him. John 20:28
Peter proclaimed Him. Acts 2:22-36
Paul lived for Him. Philippians 1:21
Believers received Him. John 1:12
All will acknowledge Him, Jesus Christ the Lord. Philippians 2:9-11
Tis, the reason for the season. As I push holiday entanglements out of my mind, and strive to involve our kids in more giving than receiving, He too provides. This week, both our garbage man and our recycling man will be receiving some Christmas cheer. Last week we blessed our mailman and several school employees. We have opportunities to be involved in the giving of over 300 shoes and boots this week. Next week we will be involved in a Christmas give called The Manger. The gifts under our tree is not ALL that Christmas encompasses. May our celebration this year include gifts for Jesus as well.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’