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Weekly Devotionals

But God

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the
strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 (NIV)

Merry Christmas to you! As we retell the story of Jesus’ birth each year we are invited again to contemplate and discover new wisdom for our lives. This year the unlikely way God chose for His Son’s grand entrance on earth strikes me yet again: in the form of a baby, born in a nondescript location, to nobody parents. I feel sure that any of us asked to choreograph the event would have scripted it differently, but God was certain His will would be accomplished and had nothing to prove to humans, and the newborn Messiah took His first naps in an animal’s food trough.

If we become familiar with enough of the Bible, we begin noticing God’s way of taking unlikely things and turning them into amazing wonders. In His unlimited power, sovereignty, and lovingkindness, He is our God who is always able to do more than we can ask or even imagine. At a time of year when we are all giving gifts and sending each other messages of blessing and love, I contemplated what the gifts He might give us could be. That’s when I remembered the blessing I’m sharing here.

Limited as we are, it can be a challenge to let God come into His world, and into our lives, as He wants to. His ways are so much higher. I pray this will encourage you when things look difficult, to see with God’s perspective and know you are beloved and not forsaken. I pray this blessing for all of us as we bring the new life of Christ in our hearts into the new year, to share with all who need His grace in this broken world.

A Fourfold Blessing

May God bless you
with discontent.

With easy answers,
half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within
your heart.

May God bless you
with anger.

At injustice,
oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for
justice, equality, and peace.

May God bless you
with tears.

To shed for those who
suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you will reach out
your hand to comfort them and to change their pain to joy.

May God bless you with

Enough to believe you
can make a difference in this world, so that you will do the things which
others tell you cannot be done.

– Sister Ruth Fox, Order of Saint Benedict

When you go through the real valley moments of life, remember Jesus’ birth, and remember, “But God…” May He deepen your faith as you discover His wisdom and great blessings to you, wrapped up in the unlikely packaging of discomfort.