Thursday, December 24, 2020


 Year 8-Day 359: Today, I am grateful for goodwill toward men.

Goodwill... God's will... only a few letters different. That God would have goodwill towards humans after the many times we failed to obey even the simplest of instructions is a mystery to me. But the truth is... He does. He still longs to be in relationship with us. 

"God with us"... Immanuel. Not just with us, but in us and around us and omnipresent. He took on our skin and experienced life in the womb before taking his first breath in a little stable of a Bethlehem inn.

Pain in childbirth was the woman's consequence for Eve's sin. But any woman who has born a child knows with the pain comes one of the most wonderful moments in our lives. To carry and deliver new life is more blessing than curse. Mary felt the pain but Baby Jesus was worth it. 

A new baby fills our hearts with wonder. Each one a miracle. Each one unique. Each one evidence that God believes life should go on.  

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! -Luke 2:14

We don't always get it right, but we keep trying. May His peace fill your hearts this Christmas season. 

Today, I am grateful for goodwill toward men.

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