Glory, Peace & Favor- Advent Thoughts 2

This time of year can be a bit stressful. We have so much to do, we sometimes miss the glory of what God is doing. We look right past it. We see but don’t see.

For me, the end of the year is a time when I look back on the past year. This past week I’ve been busy writing end of year reports, comparing data, making sure everything is properly accounted for. This season can also be a busy time with parties, events, gifts to buy, sermons/messages to prepare, family visiting, guests coming by, etc.

In the midst of these details, added tasks and the stress comes with them, it is so easy to lose our sense of awe and meaning. It’s easy to feel anxious, bothered, frustrated. It’s easy to forget about the angels. It’s easy to forget to notice the “glory” around us, or to give God “glory.”

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His glory is what it is all about!

The angel’s declared “Glory to God in the Highest.” He must receive glory! Pause a minute…okay, even half a minute…and give Him glory today. Quiet your heart and notice His Presence. Let His peace enter your earthbound heart. It’s why Jesus came.

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Take one more minute. Thank Him for His favor in your life. Ask Him to let His favor rest on you and all those you influence; on those you train, mentor, disciple, and pray for.

Join me in this prayer today.

Increase your Glory Lord! Fill us, and those who don’t yet know you, with the peace that only You can give. Let them “see” your glory in my life. Let your favor continue to increasingly rest upon us. This Christmas, fill the nations…every nation, tribe, and tongue, with Your Glory Lord… on Earth as it is Heaven.

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