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"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Walking to Bethlehem" by guest Pastor/Writer

I received this email just before Christmas from my friend Mark McMahon, Pastor of Hope Christian Church, Wichita, KS. I pray the words give you encouragement as you enter the New Year.

Walking to Bethlehem,
   still looming with huge questions.
How did I get to this place?
   I had a glimpse of a dream, of love longed for.
I trusted an all powerful God, growing to worship Him.
   I pledged my life, my heart; I knew he'd take care of me.
And now, a turn of events that I had not, to say the least, anticipated.
   This, His plan?
He said to me not to be afraid, but fear circles constantly near.
   Where will this take me?
I hold to His promises to never leave me,
   clutching to the reality of His love for me.
When will the mystery end and His life for me begin?
   Or, is this part of living for Him?
His timing, his purpose, his place, his promises;
   and my faint heart.
I know that I must be nestled in his protective arms.
   Your presence holy Father, my peace.
Please come near, you know my name.
   I am yours.

   It is interesting to remember that there was so much uncertainty, so many questions during the first Christmas season. Mary and Joseph were being faithful to God in their daily lives and grew deeper in their trust when the unexpected happened. Their walk with God, His care for them and the story of Christmas all can be a wonderful encouragement to you and I.

"When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, 
In God I trust; I will not be afraid..."  Psalm 56:3-4a

"Strengthen the feeble hands, Steady the knees that give way;
Say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong, do not fear;
Your God will come. . . He will come to save you."  Isaiah 35:3-4

I hope the light of God's promise will brighten up your day and illuminate your path this Season.  Allow worship to be a part of your celebration... 

To learn more about Hope Christian Church in Wichita, KS, contact Pastor Mark McMahon

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