Generous_September11

15 years. 15 years since that morning when we got up and it was a day like any other day. Until it wasn’t. And the unthinkable happened. And we watched in shock and horror and recognition that America, land of the free, Home of the brave, was under attack. 

15 years since we came together as a nation to search and rescue and save husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters.

15 years of saying “never forget”. And we won’t ever forget. But, if we ever hope to have peace on earth, we also need to forgive. Generous forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a choice. It is not synonymous with excusing. It is not synonymous with justice. Justice belongs to the Lord. He will make things right. We are called to forgive and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

So yeah. Let’s never forget. But let’s never forget to forgive also. Generous forgiveness.

SilentNightHolyNight

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dear world,

I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas time! I mean that sincerely. I confess I haven’t looked at the news at all over the last several days. Because I have my whole little family together. And we are laughing and loving and road tripping and birthday celebrating! And I am so thankful! Next to Jesus, this is what Christmas time is all about for me. I hope this is the way your Christmas time is for you too! 

And for those of you who are having a hard Christmas, my prayer for you is that you are wrapped in the arms of the merciful, loving peace of God in Christ Jesus. And if you haven’t met him yet, I pray you would search for him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. He is standing right in front of you. Waiting for you to call on his name. Waiting to give you the gift of himself. It’s Christmas. The perfect time for gifts. God bless you world!

Love Michelle

Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

FiveMinuteFriday_Peace

I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right? This week, our poor leader has been ill so we get to choose our own word. Keep Kate in your prayers so she’ll be right as rain in time for Christmas! So peace. 

GO

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Jesus is coming. Advent. Just 7 more days. Peace on earth. Oh how we need him. Our Peace.

It’s easy to believe we’re living in the worst of times when the news is almost always bad. But then you find a poem that inspired  a carol, written in another century. When those folks believed they had to be living in the worst of times. And it hits you. Every time. Every generation. Every person. For thousands of years. All longing for peace. For the Prince of peace. 

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said; For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Happy Friday!