What we have been told is how we men can be drawn into Christ-can become part of that wonderful present which the young Prince of the universe wants to offer to His Father-that present which is Himself and therefore us in Him. It is the only thing we were made for. And there are strange, exciting hints in the Bible that when we are drawn in, a great many other things in Nature will begin to come right. The bad dream will be over: it will be morning. (C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity” pg 191-192)
Happy Wednesday family! We are just four, very short days away from Christmas morning! What a joyous time of year! Our kids are home and pestering us every moment to let them open gifts early, but we have been holding strong and are not going to budge. A little over two thousand years ago, God presented the world with the greatest gift in our existence, the gift of His only begotten Son. And we will celebrate that wonderful gift on Christmas day.
Exactly a year ago my family and I had just returned from our journey to Kentucky with a moving truck full of donated goods (gifts) for the victims of the Mayfield Tornadoes. Even though it was Christmas time, hundreds of strangers from the Savannah area stepped forward to help us fill a 24-foot U-Haul and fund our trip to Mayfield, KY. I invite you to return to that wonderful journey by clicking my original posts: The Middle of a Miracle.
When we made that trip last year, we felt the miracle of Christmas because we lived it. We saw perfect strangers, wonderful friends, and faithful family all step forward to help us make that trip possible. While the end result was not what we expected (unloading an almost full truck and filling up an overflow donation center with no one around except our little family), it was a beautiful sight to see the work that so many organizations were putting in to help the people of Kentucky. At some times it seems like this was a lifetime ago, and other times I can not believe it has been a year already. I had, selfishly, felt that the trip to Kentucky was going to spring board the Common Sense Reborn Ministry to life, that I was going to embark on a journey of endless charity acts and possibly moving this online project into a daily call for action. But the exact opposite happened in 2022.
I allowed the busyness of living to step in the way of ministering to anyone outside of this blog. I love my full-time job, and this year, I really dove into that role. There were months where I worked every single day. Working a schedule like that often left me thinking: this is one way to keep myself out of trouble, to be too busy to sin. But on the flip-side, I have also made my life too busy to be a Saint as well. I put my head down and grinded out off-duty job after off-duty job. I missed out on posting to y’all much of the year, and I failed to put together a 2023 adaptation to the print version of the Common Sense REBORN Daily Devotional, which had become my favorite gift to give others during Christmas time. So during the days following Christmas, as we prepare for the New Year, I will be here, hopefully offering words of wisdom about finding a healthy balance of faith, family, and work, which will be my focus for 2023.
But for the next four days, I just want to sing about the Miracle in the Manger. To kick that off, here is a new release from Phil Wickham: a live recording of his cover of Joy to the World, where he is joined by Brandon Lake and a packed concert venue as they “Sing, Sing, Sing”.