(This is day fourteen of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Acts 15: 22-31.
Buy or make a Christmas card for someone who has been a blessing to you this year. Spend extra time expressing what they mean to you.
Think of how meaningful letters like this must have been in the 1st century. What kids of communications do you use to express these kinds of thoughts today? I’m a card writer when it comes to that. And an email sender. I’m not so great with the phone calls, because I express myself more through writing. But I love to give cards. And receive cards. The problem with me lately is, I’ll buy a card and it will sit on my desk forever until I remember to mail it. I’m bad for that.
How do you think your card will make this person feel? Why do you think there is so much power in expressing your love to someone? Hopefully joyful and appreciated. In this world, we run around so much that we forget the simple things like a card or a letter. When my husband was in Iraq, even with all of the technology that exists today, our primary mode of communication was letters because of his remote location. Nothing was more treasured to either of us. And we poured our hearts out in ways we probably wouldn’t have in person. God know we needed that deeper level of communication that comes only through the handwritten word. I pray we don’t lose that with technology.
Jesus wrote us a really long letter called the Bible. What has been the most meaningful part of this letter to you? The fact that, no matter where I am or what is going on in my life, I can pick up that Book and find exactly what I need in the moment. Or, even better, God can have someone drop exactly what I need in my life when I’m NOT looking. Have we ever stopped to consider how awesome that is that He speaks every time we need Him to if we just look hard enough?