Saturday, December 11, 2010

Anticipation and Joy

"Let the Word of God dwell in you richly..."
Colossians 3:16a

This time of year I wait with anticipation for the mail to arrive. I love getting cards and newsletters at Christmas! Having moved over 20 times in 42 yrs, and with Joel having served several congregations, we have connected with many people and love to hear how they are doing. We oooh and ahhh over how kids have grown up, and enjoy seeing wedding photos, and the pictures of grandkids that are so eagerly shared. We catch up on what is new in each household and learn of their joys and sorrows. I love these special connections with friends, don't you?

It came to my mind to ask myself if I connect with God enough, and have the same excitement when I open His letters to us? The Bible is like one long inspirational newsletter. The only thing missing is the family photo!

As I open the cards and newsletters that arrive on my doorstep this year, I pray I will be reminded to open up God's newsletter with the same anticipation and joy, and read the good news He has for me every day!


Karen said...

Renee, I too anticipate Christmas cards this time of year. What a wonderful way to illustrate the excitement we should show as we open his letters to us. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Donnie said...

This Sunday''s offerings have so many insightful comments that I wonder if the Lord is not trying to tell me something. I think I need to listen. Have a blessed day.

sarah said...

great reminder...thanks Renee...I hope you get a ton of cards every day...thanks for the reminder that the best one is from HIm...have a great weekend.

MTJ said...

Hi Renee,

Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful reminder. I have been sharing with family and friends how special this Christmas is to me. Although I'm unable to explain it, I know I have a joy in me that causes me to express my thanks and gratitude to our Lord.

I remember as a child how I waited with excitement and anticipation for Christmas to arrive. In a way, perhaps the Lord is allowing me to reaquaint myself with that child-like anticipation and joy as we near the celebration of the birth of our Lord.

Blessings and peace.


Lisa notes... said...

I haven't done very well getting out any Christmas cards, but I do love getting them.

"The Bible is like one long inspirational newsletter."
What a blessing that we can get HIS letter all year round. This is a beautiful analogy. Thanks!

Andrea said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments on arise 2 write, today. I deeply appreciate your visits and comments more than you know. I pray GOD will give you the gift of being able to be in church with your friends and family more frequently and when those seasons arise where you are unable that HE will bring church to you!