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"God Does Great Things"

December 16, 2003

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“The Mighty One has done great things for me.” Luke 1:49

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

Mary’s spirit rejoiced at all the Lord had done in her life. All generations would call her blessed, for these things that God had done would be made known.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 17
Bill awoke on Tuesday morning with gift-wrapping on his mind. On the one hand, he realized he had not purchased a single present the evening before. On the other hand, he was excited about the idea of “gift-wrapping” Jesus for Chuck. Yet, he wasn’t certain what that meant.

Julie wasn’t feeling well that morning, so Bill loaded Sam and Jenny into the car to take them to school. He had dropped off Sam and was on the way to Jenny’s school when she asked, “Daddy, why do you love me?” He stammered for a bit, then replied, “Because you are my daughter and a special gift of God to me and your Mommy.”

After he left Jenny at school, he began to think about the special gift she was. Jenny had nearly died of pneumonia as a baby. Bill remembered thanking God for healing her. He remembered saying, “Jesus was truly with her.” Yes, he thought, she was a true gift. He was blessed to have her as a daughter.

Then it struck him. This is the story he would tell Chuck—how Jesus had wrapped His arms around his little girl and his whole family during that difficult time. This was the “gift-wrap.”

REALITY JOURNEY
God has done great things in your life, beginning with your salvation. Make known the great things God has done in your life in your witness about Jesus to others.

PRAYER FOCUS
Giving glory to God, ask Him to help you make known the wonderful things He has done for you.

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 81-83    Revelation 8

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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