The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned.
You have made the nation great;
you have increased its joy.
They rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest,
as those who divide plunder rejoice.
As on the day of Midian, you’ve shattered the yoke that burdened them, the staff on their shoulders,
and the rod of their oppressor.
Because every boot of the thundering warriors,
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned, fuel for the fire.
A child is born to us, a son is given to us,
and authority will be on his shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
There will be vast authority and endless peace
for David’s throne and for his kingdom,
establishing and sustaining it
with justice and righteousness
now and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of heavenly forces will do this.
“Look Doris, someday you’re going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn’t work. And when you do, don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile.” — Fred Bailey
Well, I am three days late turning in this devotional. And of course that means I am behind on almost everything else I am supposed to be doing. Yesterday was a blur with all of the running around, picking up, getting everything for everyone done and trying to be positive and fun while doing it. All I can think sometimes is “I don’t want my kids to remember a frazzled, worried, always a step behind mom.” Why is it that I get so caught up in the “how it should be” way of thinking? Why does it seem that the only days that are valuable are the ones that flow with ease and careful planning? Why do I tell myself that only goodness and growth can come from careful planning and exact execution? If I can stop, even for a minute, I know and can even see that God is in the daily. That goodness and growth are happening in a way that probably wouldn’t be possible with careful planning and exact care. Could it be that it is my expectation, my need to be in control, that is keeping me from enjoying God’s daily goodness and strength? Could it be that today is exactly as it should be?
Gracious God, slow my footsteps so that you may direct them. Still my busy hands so that you may make them more compassionate and loving. Quiet my frazzled mind so that I may hear your voice and know that you are with me. Always. Amen.