Advent Meditation by Bill Simmons
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love for me!
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Today can be the peak of the “Holiday Frenzy”. We are running out of time to get all of the tasks on our list completed. Gifts to be wrapped, food to be cooked, cleaning, packing, travel and many other last minute things to do; sometimes it does not seem we can do enough.
It can also be a day that we realize we won’t be seeing those loved ones who have left us. It may be the dear cousin we just lost this fall, our grandmother who died when we were a child, or our parent who made this time of year a special one for us. Family and friends help make this a special time of year when we have time to spend with them.
Today, if we stop and spend a few minutes in prayer, we can enjoy all the same blessings the psalmist received. God does truly listen, whether we cry aloud or silently ponder our concerns. It does not matter if our needs are small or almost unbearable. His love is steadfast! God does not reject our prayers! In fact, he anticipated our needs by sending his son for our redemption. Let us make a joyful noise, rejoicing in his Glory!