Sunday Afternoon Christmas Pause: Chapter 8!
“A balanced life will include time to be still, to remember, to meditate on His Word and to delight in who He is.”
Richard A. Swenson, M.D., Margin.
“In Genesis 42-44 we learn that the famine had reached Joseph’s family in Canaan, 11 of Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt in hopes of buying grain to survive. Joseph’s brothers arrive and he recognizes them but they do not know him. Could God restore what appeared to be irreconcilably broken? Would seeing them bring up old anguish and fresh wounds? Would Egypt’s grain be the only harvest Joseph would ever know, or was a crop of reconciled relationships on its way?
In Genesis 45:1-3 Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers. He tries to calm their fears, but he can’t calm their shock. Joseph’s emotional response toward his brothers showed he’d forgiven them long before that moment. He brings his entire family to Egypt for provision, reconciliation and healing.
Joseph words in Genesis 50:20 are for each one of us, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant if for good…” In many ways, Genesis 50:20 is the crux of Joseph’s story. This passage by no means calls evil by another name, nor does it sweep harm and abuse under the rug of denial. God’s sovereignty over Joseph’s life and how even the evil actions of his brothers could never keep God from accomplishing His purposes.”
This Christmas, the beautiful account of forgiveness and restoration reminds us of our Savior, Jesus. His perfect gift to us is the opportunity to surrender to Him and live a life of forgiveness. May He be the gift that touches your heart the most!
Pause Bible Verse: “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant if for good…” Genesis 50:20.
Pause Quote: “God’s sovereignty over Joseph’s life and how even the evil actions of his brothers could never keep God from accomplishing His purposes.”
Pause Question: This Christmas as we celebrate our Savior, is there someone you need to forgive? Will you be a bridge builder of His love and healing?
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The kitchen truly becomes the heart of the home during the holidays. Handwriting on old recipe cards, worn aprons, each telling a story.
“Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” Dale Evans. Last minute Hug Me Pocket Heart gifts to make (and more) to remind your loved ones you care and support them but especially that the One we celebrate this month never leaves them.
“Giving treats from your kitchen is like giving someone a great big hug! Giving is a way to reach out, it’s a way to gather in.” You'll love making these easy gifts from your kitchen:
Candy Cane Peppermint Brownies, Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls, Blizzard Christmas Jam, Snow Kidding Sweet Candied Walnuts or Savory Orange-Rosemary Walnuts.
1-2-3 of My Favorite - Quick Last Minute - Christmas Tips!
May your Christmas be filled with His comfort and joy!
"Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all the people."
From our home to yours, Love & Christmas blessings, Linda & Mr. Keeper