Something Don’d on Me! 12-11-19

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41
 
I love that line: “The baby LEAPED inside her…” What an incredible testimony to the power of the presence of Jesus! Mary’s relative, Elizabeth-had been blessed in her advanced years with the pregnancy of a child! The Angel had come to tell her and her husband, Zechariah that she was with child…and Zech laughed! Gabriel made him mute for the entire pregnancy because of this doubt! (It’s all in Luke 1…you can check it out!)But when Gabe was introducing himself to Liz & Zech, he said this: “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God!”
 
Two amazing encounters and one common word: PRESENCE. Lives are CHANGED         when the Presence of the Jehovah is near! God’s Presence is REAL, full of love and completely transforms lives! He takes brokenness and brings healing. He brings His light into the dark parts of your life, your attitude and even your depression! You were CREATED to live in His Presence…and I believe you will not be satisfied, until you continually live in that Presence!
 
But WAYYYYY to often, we miss the Presence of God in this Holiday season! We get busy with the parties and the presents and the pageantry…and it’s easy to miss PRESENCE.When Mary got even near to Elizabeth that baby inside her (which we learn is John the Baptist!) was THRILLED! Are we THRILLED at the presence of God in the Christmas Story??
 
Christina Rosetti wrote a poem called “A Christmas Carol” in 1872 that has been a staple of British Christmas services for years. It wasn’t until 1906 that it was set to music by Gustav Hoist and re-named “In The Bleak Midwinter.” While not one of our most recognized carols, there are some incredible versions of this song. (My favorite is from James Taylor-check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qmtO6cebcU) But note some of these mesmerizing lyrics:

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter, a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty – Jesus Christ.
 
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him…Give him my heart!

 
Maybe the BEST you gift you can get this year…is to give Him AWARENESS! Be alert to His Presence! Be looking for HOW He shows up! Pay attention to WHERE He is present in your Christmas celebration! And when you see Him…give Him the BEST PRESENT you could ever give…give Him your HEART!
 
Shalom Alachiem…Peace be unto you ALL!
Don