Embrace the blessings

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We talk about blessings a lot this time of year. But, as Entrust’s David Goodman points out, some blessings come with inherent burdens. If you missed his insightful poem about Mary and her baby, find it here: www.entrust4.org/DecSL

What blessings are you embracing? Take time to ponder this and thank the Lord for each of his blessings – the “easy” ones and the “difficult” ones.

Would you also take a few minutes to consider how God has blessed you and men, women, communities and churches worldwide through Entrust? We trust him to provide for our financial needs all year, and especially at this season, through friends like you. Your generous Christmas or year-end gift will bring nothing but unburdened blessing to our global team. www.entrust4.org/Give

Merry Christmas! Embrace the blessings!

Embrace the blessings

The Burden of Blessing

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“The girl’s not herself,” Dad said.
“Is it the flu that’s making her sick all the time?”
“I don’t know,” said Mom, “but she’s still putting on weight.
I’ve been trying to get her to the doctor.”

“Is something wrong, Mary?” her fiancé asked.
“Oh, Joseph! You wouldn’t believe it if I told you.”
And he didn’t –
later when her secret was discovered
and she tried to explain …
neither did the doctor,
or her parents,
or her friends.

The most blessed of all women
was the loneliest person on earth.
Is there not often a burden that comes with a blessing?
And with great blessing
a great burden?

Sometimes the people you love most
cannot, will not
understand.

It took an angel to persuade Joseph.

Did Mary’s parents ever believe her story?
… leaving her little choice but to accompany Joseph
on that painful journey to Bethlehem?

Perhaps, you have friends or family
unable to understand
who do not accept and will not share
the awe, the sense of wonder you feel
at the blessing you have been given
by this same Christ child
making your own journey a painful one.

Embrace God’s blessing, in all its wonder, like Mary,
and trust his grace to help you with the burden
to guide you each step of the way.

© David G. Goodman

The Burden of Blessing

What makes Christmas Christmas for you?

12 11 - Bringing_Home_A_Christmas_TreeSnowflakes and reindeer? Peppermint and nutmeg? Frosty and Rudolph? Red and green, silver and gold, sleighs and bells, lights and holly, packages and stockings, trees and wreaths?

Most likely all these things elicit memories and feelings of Christmas for you. And maybe there’s more. Kids wearing bathrobes and bouncy tinsel halos, acting as shepherds and angels. Linus’ speech on the empty stage beneath the spotlight. A grandparent reading from Luke 2 in the big old family Bible.

In the end, while we realize Jesus likely wasn’t born in winter and no reindeer were involved, what we celebrate this season is God becoming man, our savior coming into this world as promised.

A snowflake on a coffee cup or the lack thereof won’t ever change that. Thank God!

What makes Christmas Christmas for you?