Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

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Glitter or Glory

At Christmas we see plenty of glitter.  Our Christmas tree, for one.  And it’s fun.  I love gawking at all the lit-up yards, have always been attracted to sparkly things.  Glitter is man-made, and it fades sooner or later. 

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Glory is another thing.  It’s God-made.  This word applies to sunsets, sunrises, mountain grandeur, visions of God and angels, and the inspired songs that celebrate these things, such as Handel’s Messiah! These are real things which last. 

How much of our Christmas celebration focuses on glitter, and how much on glory?  Ours has both, but it’s the glory part that I crave.  I so long to be totally overwhelmed by the glory and wonder of the lasting truth of Christmas:  the Incarnation!

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

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Where’s the Sunset?

We were staying at the beach overnight.  Hoping for a spectacular sunset, we stationed ourselves at the best vantage point facing west.  There was the sun setting over mountains on the main island across the channel, and there were clouds.  But not much color.  How disappointing—until I turned my head and caught a glimpse of the glory BEHIND us in the eastern sky!  Pink and red and breathtaking beauty.  We almost missed it because we were looking where we assumed it would be.

How often do I miss greater things than a sunset, just because I’m looking in the wrong place?  Lord, open my eyes and help me to be aware of Your work all around me, especially where I least expect it!

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