Sunday, January 1, 2023

The Gift that keeps on giving...

Today's Readings: OT -  1 Kings 22:29-53 / NT - Psalm 1-2

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." - Psalm 1:2-3
One week has now passed since Christmas. You received various gifts from loved ones and friends that still work and give you a lot of joy. In a few months, those same gifts may still work and will give you a little joy. By this time next year they may no longer work and be nothing more than a faint memory. There is one gift though, given by our heavenly Father, that will keep on working and will bring great joy to your heart every day because it's a "gift that keeps on giving".

The psalmist found delight in the Word of God and thought about it day and night. As a result, every day was a fresh and fruitful experience. As he carefully reflected on the life changing message, he found ancient words with timeless insight. The wisdom of the ages became good words in season. The end of every year was better, brighter and more refreshing than the beginning, because he had a "gift that keeps on giving".

As you enter this New Year and begin afresh, take inventory of the gifts you have received. Which ones will give you what you need for the daily challenges? Which ones will be as beneficial for you next December as they are today? You will find the best gift is a simple love letter from God. He has written from his heart to your heart so every day will be better than the one before. Take time this year to find delight in the "gift that keeps on giving".   

Tomorrow's Readings: OT - 2 Chronicles 18:1-27 / NT - Proverbs 1

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