Hey there dearest BFFs (Blessed Friends Forever)!
Since this is Christmas week, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite Christmas devotions. This is from my 365-day devo, Too Blessed to be Stressed; Inspiration for Every Day. (Speaking of which, Papa God sent me a wonderful surprise Christmas gift just today!!! Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll have some BIG news to share in January!)
In the meantime, blessings to you and yours as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Five Incredible Words
“You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
The young woman holding the guitar looked nervous as an expectant hush fell over the large gathering of women at our church Christmas tea. She fumbled the first few chords then haltingly plucked the familiar introduction. Her soft voice project poorly, but we knew the lyrics well.
“Oh holy night … the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.”
Oh, no – another botched chord and her voice slid off-key. I squirmed in my seat, uncomfortable for her. I could see similar reactions all around me.
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.”
She suddenly stopped singing and just stood there. Her next words shot like an arrow straight from her heart to ours.
“I’m sorry. I know I’m not a singer,” she said apologetically, “but I really need to share this today. You see, I have a brain tumor and probably won’t be able to speak after my next surgery.”
Stunned silence seized the room.
“Five words of this song are especially meaningful to me: the soul felt its worth. If you ever doubt your soul’s worth like I have for the past few months, remember that Jesus came as a babe and then thirty-three years later died on a cross … just for you. Because your soul was worth that much to Him.
“Believe me, there’s great joy, regardless of external circumstances, in knowing the true worth of your soul. It was proved that holy night in Bethlehem. So please, this Christmas … allow your soul to feel its worth.”
Prayer: Sweet Savior, make me acutely aware today of my soul’s incredible worth. All because of You. Amen.