Tuesday, December 9, 2008

crying out

"A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!"
12/9 readings
Is there a voice crying out to you? Is your own heart crying out to you? God cries out to me in today's readings, "Comfort, give comfort to my people." But he didn't add "only for today" or "only during this 'Christmas season.'" What God says in these readings today, held up in the past, and will be the same in the future. What I mean is this:

Every day, let us give comfort to God's people: everybody.

In the West, we sometimes make Christmas our excuse for being generous. "Christmas is the season of giving." Let's change that. Let's make CHRIST our excuse for being generous. The season of Christ lasts all year, for "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). So let us give: give to God, give to others, but most importantly, give all that we've got - if not yesterday, then today and forever.

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