Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Romans 12:13 – Share with God's people who are in need.
Practice hospitality. (NIV)
Traditionally, we like our family to
be together on Christmas Day. If that is physically impossible, we at least
try to make contact by telephone or webcam.
One Christmas Day,
my son and his family were at their home in the beautiful mountains of
British Columbia, Canada, while our daughter's family were at our house
in Toronto, Ontario. Our twin grandsons had a friend named Richard, whose
parents were away in Australia on business. Because we include others in
our family celebrations, he was invited to be part of the family for
Using a speakerphone on each end, we connected. As
each person spoke, they identified themselves. It was a lengthy, lively,
loving conversation with lots of laughter, but when Richard spoke and said
his name, my lawyer granddaughter, out in British Columbia, said,
"Hold it! Do I have a cousin I don't know about?" When the
situation was clarified, all was well, but it obviously made Richard move
from being a stranger to being one of the family.
I now live in
a residence where there are many widows, widowers, and others who feel
bereft of family. There is frequent talk of how important it is that the
staff and others make us feel part of the family.
who sits at my table shared with me one day that he had no family. He was
educated at Oxford, came to Canada with an unsuccessful marital
arrangement, graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD and was
the Department Head of Psychology at one of Toronto's major hospitals
until twenty years ago, when something inexplicably happened to his memory
There are two ladies who come in on alternate weekends
to check on him. I spoke with one of them, and she validated the facts that
he had told me. She had been his senior assistant and is still filling that
position today. I am absolutely amazed that these two staff members are
going out of their way to act as his family. He must have been a terrific
boss to earn such loyalty.
The doctor has a great sense of
humour. A few days ago, his watch stopped. He sent it out to have the
battery replaced. He said he felt lost without his watch but when it was
returned, he said that he felt like a new person. "Now," he said,
"if only they could get a new battery for my brain, I would really
I never knew this man until he moved in just
over a year ago. Now, he is part of the family.
The need that we
feel to be part of a family is universal. The opportunity that we each have
to reach out and make others part of our family is equally wide open.
May we all make the effort to be a family builder at this holiday
Prayer: Dear Father, we thank You that Your love is
demonstrated through Your relationship with Your Son, Jesus. We thank You
that we can be part of Your family through His sacrifice. Even as we
celebrate His birth may we reach out in love to others. In His name, we
Vincent Walter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Today's Thought: God is with us in
Today's Verse: Galatians
4:4-5 – When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a
woman, born under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
Today's Bible Readings:
One-Year* Scripture Passage: Psalms 143-145
Two-Year* Scripture Passages: 2 Kings 10; Ephesians 6:18-24
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Zephaniah 1:1-18
Jesus promised, "If two of you agree on earth about anything you
ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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Take time during the consumer-driven Christmas rush to think about and be
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Justice and Mercy posted on 12/10/2018
This week, a Christian man goes before the BC Human Rights Tribunal for
expressing his beliefs, opinions, and thoughts out of concern for the
truth, for God's word, and for the complainant's eternal soul.
Pray that the complainant would see Jesus. Pray that the members of the
Tribunal would see Jesus. Pray that the complaint would be dismissed.
MRS. posted on 12/11/2018
Thank you for your continued prayer as my son goes through his recovery
from alcohol and legal issues.
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