• By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 20, 2015
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Christmas GiftEarlier this week as Ken was reading to me from the book of Colossians, I stopped him abruptly at chapter 4 verse 10, where Paul says: "My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.” That's when it hit me. Back in Acts 15:36-39, Mark was the center of a huge dispute between Barnabas and Paul — they even went their separate ways because Paul was upset that Mark had left them mid-journey. But now, years later, Paul was in prison ... age and suffering had softened him ... and the friendship between he and Mark had been wondrously restored! That little insight touched my heart so deeply. It reminded me that God loves unity, loves mercy, and loves reconciliation! And friend, this is such a good word as we get ready to celebrate Christmas next week. Because perhaps you are in a strained relationship this season: your husband has distanced himself, or you and your sister are no longer speaking — or maybe you just had a dispute with the neighbor over your dog … And you’re thinking, isn’t Christmas supposed to be a time of peace, a time of hope? If so, please ask the Lord to work in your heart — and in theirs — and take steps to make amends. It’s my prayer that this Christmas season, there will be unity, mercy, and reconciliation in all of your relationships.


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Amen. Shalom sweet one. I love you
  • Dec. 22, 2015
  • 6:47 a.m.
  • Cindy