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What a privilege we have been given to sing, praise, and make music before the Lord. He delights in our praise, whether in word or song. Do we remember to freely praise Him? If all of nature honors Him, why would we withhold our praise?
A little while later, as I was cooking dinner, I discovered a small pool of green liquid along the side of the burner of my gas stove. As I shifted pots and took a closer look, I realized a green crayon had melted around and underneath the burner. I uttered my second quick panic prayer: “Lord, please don’t let our house go up in flames!” (Disclaimer: strange things happen in the kitchen when you live with a three-year-old.)
It is our choice to offer ourselves to God, not something He forces us to do. But oh, how difficult to give up my right to myself!
From the beginning of history, God has shown Himself to be a generous God. But how do our gifts to God stack up against His kindness to us? How does our generosity measure up, when compared to all He does for us?
By definition, our pajama day is a day to stay home (usually in our pajamas, of course), relax, and spend time together. The kids are required to stay home, but friends/family are welcome.
My 3 year old great-nephew filled the house with lots of noise, running and jumping, calling out to various family members, drumming with chop sticks on an old pie plate. But the best was hearing him sing. He sang Go Tell It on the Mountain in church on Christmas Eve.
“I have good news and I have bad news. Which do you want first?”
Jesus willingly came from His heavenly home to become part of humanity. A sinless man entered a sin-filled world to make a way for us to be holy and at one with God. What a sacrifice!
How do we lose the zeal in life? The truth is, day in and day out, life can become rote and predictable. We see the same coworkers, tell our kids to get ready for school again, drive the same road to get to work and on and on! If we aren’t careful we can allow the routine, the decisions we regret, failed expectations and busy schedules that fill our life define us.
Everywhere we turn, people are suffering from illness, loneliness, hunger, homelessness, abuse, injustice, etc. Why, Lord? Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)