CSR Daily Devotion

Welcome to the Weekend Family! We’re off to an adventure filled weekend. One extra special family member is coming to Savannah to celebrate turning 21 and we’ll be in attendance to make sure they stay safe and “somewhat” responsible. It’s been incredible to watch this young lady grow up over the 15 years I have known my wife. She was a saving grace to our family when I first joined the Army National Guard, as she sacrificed half of her 8th Grade school year to do homeschooling at our house and be a part-time nanny for Mrs. Z and I’s infant daughter. So to not only be invited out for her 21st birthday is both an honor and a privilege.

Our little infant daughter is a little lady herself now. She has recently become a member of her school’s brand new Drama club and she had her first audition for a major part in their flagship production. Last night, we attended our first show at Savannah Children’s Theatre. I love theater, especially in Savannah, where the theaters in town are all small and intimate, the way a play and production should be. Savannah Theatre is actually America’s OLDEST theatre still operating on it’s original foundation. If you ever want to step into history and enjoy a show as it was meant to be, come to Savannah and grab a seat at this special venue.

Last night we enjoyed a great performance by a talented group of kids and our daughter got to see what a major production for kids could look like. This could be the beginning of a beautiful pursuit in the acting arena for our sweet girl. It was so heartwarming to see so many sweet messages in the program for each aspiring star to follow their dreams. If you have a small theatre in your community, make sure you get out and support those amazing teams. They pour their hearts and time into putting a production together to entertain and bring joy and laughter to anyone willing to attend.

Our show last night was “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and it has my favorite lines in any Christmas show about the true meaning of Christmas.

Today we are on the blessed number 7 on my countdown. A Casting Crowns double-header from their amazing “Peace on Earth” album. First up is their powerful ballad, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

The second song for today is a slower tune, but I wanted to share this for y’all if you have never heard it before. It is an important melody that highlights what the little town of Bethlehem was sleeping through the night Jesus was born. Entitled, “While You Were Sleeping,” Casting Crowns does an epic job transitioning from the traditional Christmas story to modern day America. This year, more than any other, America needs to think about what they have been missing while they have been sleeping on who Jesus truly is, why we really need to celebrate Christmas and what this holiday is really about.

December 19

26They will wage war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”   (Revelation 17: 14)

The last ten days have been nothing but fire and brimstone.  The shining light throughout Revelation is the comfort Christ provides His followers.  Despite all the torment and horror the rest of the world will face, Christ’s faithful will be spared all this, watching the world burn with sorrow and mourning.  We, as Christians, do not want to lose a single sheep, but there are only so many times you can lead a thirsty creature to the watering hole, and if they keep turning away without taking a drink, sometimes you just have to let them remain thirsty.  This doesn’t mean you should not keep trying.  We will keep leading soul after soul to the spring of eternal water with the hopes that even if one out of a thousand takes a drink, it is one more victory for our King.

Reading plan:  Revelation 19

Deeper reading plan:  Malachi 1

Prayer and meditation:  We continue to pray that the world comes together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We pray that the miracle of the child in the manger changes this world forever, as it should have nearly 2000 years ago.  This week we will also add a prayer for all the lonely and those who mourn during the holidays.  We pray they draw close to Jesus as Jesus is close to them.

Fitness challenge:  stretch, rest, and recover

Saturday run:  6.2 miles (10K) for time (keep tracking your stats)

Serve Day:  Get out and serve!

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