A Moment To Praise 11.30.20
I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving! I hope that you enjoyed some time reflecting and being thankful to God for all of His goodness. I’m sure that a lot of you have also started the process of Christmas shopping, baking and decorating: inside and out!
In my decorating, I have always had a few favorite things that make Christmas special to me. These items must come out and be on display. The first item is my Nativity that I adore. My girls were instrumental in convincing Shawn to buy the set for me, and it means a lot to me. Next, is my collection of Santas, most of which have been given to me by Shawn, Jenna, and Shay. Lastly, I cherish my ceramic Christmas tree that originally belonged to my grandmother.
Broken & Loved
I’m sure you have seen the type of Christmas tree I’m talking about, but just in case, take a look at this picture. Now, my tree is not exactly like the one pictured. You see, I got my tree after my grandmother had passed away, and it had been found in a collection of items that had been long forgotten. Once my parents got the tree home, they noticed that it wasn’t working. It had a broken electrical connection and it wouldn’t light up. My father was not an electrician, but he was definitely a handy guy. He was able to rig it so that the tree would light up, even if the plug looked a little messy. He made it work, and I was so excited! I put the tree on display every Christmas since – 27 years!
Last year when I took the tree out of storage, for the first time in all those years, it wouldn’t light up! I was so sad! If I sent it to an electrician, I wouldn’t have it back in time for Christmas. I just couldn’t part with it and not have it for the season. Quickly I realized that I could still put it out on display and it would still make me feel good inside. It didn’t matter that the tree didn’t light up, what mattered was being able to have the reminder of my grandmother and all the Christmases I had been blessed to share with her and my family. Even though the tree was broken, I used it and it gave me joy!
A Moment To Praise 11.30.20 in Scripture
God reminds us that even though we are broken, He can also still use us:
He reminds us that when we are at our lowest point, He will pay attention to us. He tells us that we are still important to Him, and that He can still use us!
Please take a moment when you’re decorating to take notice of those older decorations that may have not made it from last Christmas to this one. As you do, think of yourself, a broken vessel who is ready to allow God to work completely in your life. Allow Him to restore you to fullness and purpose through Him, no matter how broken you feel.
A Moment To Praise 11.30.20 in Song
The attached song is so powerful. I love this one! Please listen and prepare yourself for God to use you for His kingdom during this Christmas season!
Have a great week! And by the way, if anyone knows a good electrician, let me know! 🙂