Lonesome Valley

Christmas isn’t always ‘Merry’.  Unfortunately too many are expecting a guarantee of Joy and Happiness during this time of the year.  But, alas, many are experiencing sadness since life is dealing a ‘busted flush’.  Unless the ‘Merry and Joyous and Happy’ is a result of knowing the truth of the reason for the season, one’s exuberance is short-lived.  The emptiness that accompanies what little fun there be, far overshadows, with more darkness than light. In many households, the fun and excitement is over the minute the gift wrap is stuffed in a garbage bag. Hope and Peace of mind, is not found in ‘worldly’ pleasures, donchaknow. In his “Love Worth Finding” website, Pastor Adrian Rogers posted  JESUS’ promise in Hebrews:

“I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). When I’m discouraged, His presence sees me through. When I’m lonely His presence cheers me up.  When I’m worried, His presence calms me down. And when I am tempted, His presence will help me out.  Write down the last portion of this devotional thought and personalize it. Now use it as a prayer of faith and trust.

This is what I get from My Box of Chocolates.    AMEN

The Reason for the Season

Luke 2:6-14New International Version (NIV)

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Nothing to It, But to DO IT

This is My Father’s World.  HE was just sorta hangin’ out with two other spirits for a long, long time.  Then one day HE decided to fill the void.  HE didn’t lift a finger, but just said, “Do It”, and  it all got done.  Every tree and flowering bush; every creepy, crawling thing; every swimming and flying thing was created with words. HE placed stars and the sun and the moon up there after creating day and night.  HE spoke the earth to be formed before placing any thing on it.  HE decided to make a man.  This man was perfect and designed to worship and fellowship with HIM.  The man loved and cared for his surroundings, and was given the opportunity to name all the animals, even the creepy crawlers, swimming and winged creatures. HE decided to provide a ‘helpmate’ for the man, so he put the man to sleep and took one of his ribs and formed a most lovely lady.   HE was very pleased and so HE rested a while.  Then something bad happened.  There was a beautiful snake hanging out in the neighborhood.  He was very persuasive and got the woman to do bad.  She then cuddled up to the man and got him to do bad, also.  These two immediately saw that they were walking around naked, so they went out and took large leaves from a tree and made a garment to cover their bodies.  HE came out for their afternoon stroll and they were hidden.  Sheepishly, they came from behind a bush and HE knew right away just what they had done.  What HE intended for an eternal fellowship was interrupted from then on.  HE called their mistake SIN and it’s been around, causing all kinds of tragedies, for all time.  It will continue to be that way for the rest of the days, but there is HOPE.  We live in difficult times.  Those times will not get better.  The majority of people blame my FATHER, but HE only wants everyone to receive a change of heart.  The way to do so isn’t possible without accepting the GIFT of SALVATION.  We all pray for safety and absolute security from the few bad folks who are determined to hurt us.  We demand that those who are responsible for our protection, do so without fail.  When things happen that are bad, we want to blame our protectors.  Our protectors accept responsibilty all the time.  Our protectors are just as much in danger as we are.  Nothing can assure our security. There is no guarantee.  OK, I know this isn’t something we want to think about at this time of the year, but as we approach the Christmas Season, it behooves all believers to share the secret of eternal security.  Should I be the victim of some horrible event. I rest, secured in the HOPE of eternal life in JESUS CHRIST.  No kidding!  That simple change of heart and surrender to the JESUS WAY will make things much brighter, even when walking through the dark.  So, “Why not, why not, why not come to HIM now?”  Why would anyone with any ounce of smarts, not accept the free gift of GOD?  Why NOT?  Don Meredith would  say this back when he was doing color on “Monday Night Football”…If IF’s and BUT’s were candy and nuts, we’d all have  a Merry Christmas.  They aren’t and we wont, unless we allow the reason for the season to come into our hearts to stay.  (follow the directions in John 3:16) That’s what I get from My Box of Christmas Chocolates”.  “There’s Room at the Cross for You”, so Come on, Man!  AMEN

At Rest

With the exception of  Christmas Eve, Waterwader is resting ‘On Shore’ until January 2nd with some new features in addition to audio. We wish you all a most blessed Holiday Season, donchaknow. That’s what I get from My Box of Year-End Chocolates.  AMEN