Recently my husband asked me to purchase a three way light bulb during my trip to the grocery store. He explained that the lamp next to his chair only had one setting and did not provide enough light.
There are great stories about nurturing and friendship throughout the Bible. My favorite is the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth. Barely a woman, Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she would bear a child. Not just any child, but God’s child. This child would be called Son of the Most High and his kingdom will never end.
In faith, she accepted this journey that God had chosen for her, but God knew that she would need someone to help her prepare for this role and directed Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary traveled to Judea to visit Elizabeth and stayed for three months. I like to think that during that time, Elizabeth encouraged and supported Mary by teaching and preparing her to be a wife and mother.
There are also great stories of friendship in our lives today. For instance, there is a wonderful woman in my church who is a great example of leading a Christian life. For years, she took care of her aging mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Because of her experiences, I am able to turn to her for advice and information on how to take care of my own mother who has the same disease.
Over the past year, she has taught me patience and how to cherish every moment I have with my mother. I would be lost without her guidance.
Is Christmas really over?
The Christmas season makes us feel warm and happy, but once it is over, those feelings fade. It’s easy to see how my friend feels like she is back to her old routine.
We “feel” Christmas when we spend time preparing for the season by baking cookies, shopping, decorating and spending time family and friends. It’s great to be able to participate in holiday parties and being with loved ones. That’s what makes it feel like Christmas, but feeling Christmas and living Christmas are not the same.
Have you ever experienced something so spectacular that you had to share it with everyone? That’s what the shepherds did on the night Jesus was born. After being told by an angel about the birth of the Savior, they traveled to Bethlehem to see the baby.
For years the Jews had been waiting for the arrival a Savior. The shepherds had the glorious opportunity to see Him with their own eyes. From that moment on, the shepherds became witnesses to what they had seen.
Luke 2:17 (NIV)
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.
Like the shepherds, we have been called by God to spread the news of the Savior of the world who was born in the little town of Bethlehem and ultimately died on a cross for our sins.
As we start a new year, I encourage you to be like the shepherds and share your excitement of our Savior to everyone.
One night, a few thousand years ago, a group of shepherds were tending to their flocks not far from the town of Bethlehem. Nothing was out of the ordinary for these men. The night was dark and their minds were occupied with each other and their work. They were not aware of the glorious event that had just taken place not too far away, but that was about to change.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”