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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Today is much anticipated and dearly loved by people around the world. Christmas is a day to enjoy those dearest to us also while remembering the Savior that was born. Baby Jesus was perfect, holy, and sinless. He was born in our broken, impure, and sinful earth.

I am incredibly thankful to call Jesus my Heavenly Father. I realized that nothing in my own power was good enough or righteous enough. I knew that I needed Jesus, the perfect sinless sacrifice to be my intercessor and mediator to God. I am eternally thankful for a God that lovingly sent His son down to this earth to live and to die so that I may live with Him in eternity.

With all of this said – Christmas holds such deep value in my heart. This puritan prayer says it better than I ever could. I hope and pray that you can find a minute today to search and see where your heart stands in regard to this message. I know it will truly bless you.

Merry Christmas!

The Gift of Gifts – prayer from the Valley of Vision

O Source of all Good,

What shall I render to Thee for the gift of gifts,
Thine own dear Son, begotten, not created,
my Redeemer, Proxy, Surety, Substitute,
His self-emptying incomprehensible,
His infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp.

Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above,
He was born like me that I might become like Him.

Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to Him He draws near on wings of grace,
to raise me to Himself.

Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
He united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and the created.

Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to Him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
He came, God-incarnate, to save me to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.

O God, take me in spirit to the watchful shepherds,
and enlarge my mind;
let me hear good tidings of great joy,
and hearing, believe, rejoice, praise, adore,
my conscience bathed in an ocean of repose,
my eyes uplifted to a reconciled Father,
place me with ox, ass, camel, goat,
to look with them upon my Redeemer’s face,
and in Him account myself delivered from sin;
let me with Simeon clasp the new-born Child to my heart,
embrace Him with undying faith,
exulting that He is mine and I am His.

In Him Thou hast given me so much that heaven can give no more.

Arthur Bennett, ed. Valley of Vision (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), 16.

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