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Good morning, dear friends.

I was greeted by a very beautiful verse this morning, December 16, and I would like to share it with you. It comes from 1 Peter 2:9, and goes:

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.

Such awe-inspiring words! How encouraging! How uplifting! How empowering!

In the reflection following that verse, I was delighted to see how the author (Renee Swope) rephrased it in such a way that it made this declaration of God’s faithfulness in us, her personal declaration. The author goes on to say:

“I am a chosen woman, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a woman belonging to God, that I may declare the praises of him who called me out of darkness into his wonderful light”

Each phrase struck harder and stronger. Having such a personal relationship with God must indeed be delightful! And it just blows my mind when I think of how our God – the one true God who created the entire, enormous, universe (Genesis 1) – could care and love us so much individually!

That our God – the one true God whose single breath could dry up rivers (Nahum 1:4) – is the same loving and generous Father who knows the very number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! Yes, God’s love is never failing! So much so that he gave his only son to save us from ourselves (John 3:16)!

Doesn’t the enormity of his love in our small and simple lives just make you tremble? It floored me!

And as God has blessed me today with these awesome reflections, so do I pass on these blessings with you. It is my hope that in spite of pain or sickness, despair or loneliness, heartache or sorrow, anger or grief, disappointment or discouragement – we remember that we have on our side our God who calls us, chooses us, knows us and loves us – – – a million times more than we could ever imagine.

Happy Thursday.

Vida

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Beautiful song, beautiful message. Our Savior Lives!

MIGHTY TO SAVE
Hillsong

Everyone needs compassion,
Love that’s never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.

Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.

Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.

Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King…Jesus

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We’re singing for the glory of the risen King…Jesus


My Saviour, He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

My Saviour, you can move the mountains,
You are mighty to save,
You are mighty to save.
Forever, Author of Salvation,
You rose and conquered the grave,
Yes you conquered the grave

One of my favorite songs, Reach One More for Jesus which was sung (as far as I know) by Ms. Jaime Rivera.

REACH ONE MORE FOR JESUS

As I looked in my father’s eyes
Sat by his bed and held his hand
And I said my last goodbyes
He just held on for as long as he can
And I heard him say

Reach one more for Jesus
Before I close my eyes
I must reach one more for Jesus
I won’t let another day go by
That’s what I’m living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

As I sat by my father’s side
I lay down my head upon his bed
And he felt the tears I cried
And he placed his hand upon my head
And I heard him say

Reach one more for Jesus
Before you close your eyes
You must reach one more for Jesus
Don’t let another day go by
That’s what you’re living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

Before he closed his eyes
For the final time
And left this earth
For home he said

Reach one more for Jesus
Before we close our eyes
Reach one more for Jesus
Don’t let another day go by
That’s what we’re living for
To reach one more
One more for Jesus

That’s what we’re living for
To reach one more
For Jesus

©1999 CanCope Publishing Inc. (BMI)
Alva Copeland

On December 12, we honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a humble Native American, Juan Diego, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now known as Mexico City. The Lady identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mother Mary. Mother Mary asked Diego to request the local Bishop to build a church on the site she appeared. However, the Bishop hesitated, and requested for a sign. Mother Mary adhered to the request – the Bishop had asked for roses, it was mid-December, winter, and roses were impossible to find – and without delay or question to the Church’s local Bishop, Mother Mary sent her messenger, Juan Diego, to the top of the hill to gather an assortment of roses for the Bishop.

Juan Diego had placed the roses in his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth. Upon returning to the Bishop and presenting the roses, the image of our Mother Mary was left miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay, and until now still defies all scientific explanations of its origin. Also, the image on the tilma reflects in Mother Mary’s eyes what was in front of her in 1531.

Let us always remember her message of love and compassion, and her universal promise of help and protect all mankind.

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.

Things happen for a reason… HIS reason.

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