The Least of These

The holiday season seems to be the busiest time of the year. I don’t think we intend for it to be that way, but it happens. We want so desperately for this time to be focused on quality time with our loved ones, but then in the blink of an eye, it’s over. Often we don’t know where the time went or if it was meaningful. I get caught up in the hustle and bustle just as much as the next person, but my heart has been wanting and needing a different pace, a different way.

I realized that only I can make that decision. I get to choose whether or not this season is hurried and frantic or if it’s slow and full of wonder. Where do we start this process of going against the societal norms and leaning into a kingdom mindset?

This Christmas season is solely based on one thing alone — Jesus. We celebrate His birth and what that meant for the entire world. Why did He come? Why did He come in the most vulnerable state of a baby? Why does it matter?

It matters because His birth set in motion God’s plan for salvation and redemption for mankind. That salvation covers every area of our lives — spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, and mental. Jesus freely came and lived and died for our freedom.

In order to reflect on this truth, we need to slow down. We need to quiet our minds and souls and hearts in order to hear His still small voice. Once we are in the secret place pondering all that His birth and life means for us and the world, it will affect how we walk out this Christmas season and our everyday lives.

I look around our country and see how blessed we truly are even when I don’t feel that I am. I get preoccupied with my needs and trials and pain. I don’t even take the opportunity to look around at those who have gone through loss or suffering that I can’t even imagine. Sometimes I think that we have become apathetic to the hurts of others. Maybe we can’t imagine how we can begin to help someone with overwhelming need.

 

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Worship Wednesday…Breathe

 

“There’s a river flowing from the mountain
It shows our God is true
There’s a song rising from the valley
It’s our response to You

‘Cause You are God
The God of all creation
The Earth groans and longs to be with You
Where we are, our hearts are raised to Heaven
We breathe to worship You
Yeah

We’re standing on, our faces shine with wonder
Made pure by perfect blood
What better way to give You all the honor
Than to bow before the One

‘Cause You are God
The God of all creation
The Earth groans and longs to be with You
Where we are, our hearts are raised to Heaven
We breathe to worship You (You are God)
You are God
The God of all creation
The Earth groans and longs to be with You
Where we are, our hearts are raised to Heaven
We breathe to worship You

Yeah

In the stillness, I can hear You whisper
Calling deep and deeper still
The same voice that moved upon the waters
Says “Come drink and have your fill”
In the stillness, I can hear You whisper
Calling deep and deeper still
The same voice that moved upon the waters
Says “Come drink and have your fill”
Says “Come drink and have your fill”

For You are God
The God of all creation (the Earth!)
The Earth groans and longs to be with You
Where we are, our hearts are raised to Heaven (oh)
We breathe to worship You (You are God)
‘Cause You are God
The God of all creation
Your people groan and long to be with You
Where we are, our hearts are raised to Heaven
We breathe to worship You

Yeah!
We breathe to worship You, hey!”

 

By Matt Gilman and Meredith Andrews

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