It hasn't been all that long ago when the school closings for snow and the Polar freezes were two or three days of the week in a row.
Those secluded days gave me five lively grand girls, indoors for hours of cousin fun together with lots of chaotic chatter. Their activity made me wonder about Christ as a youngster.
When the Lord God became the holy child Jesus, He entered into a personal experience of a child's nature and needs. He was little, weak, and day by day He grew. He laughed and cried, he felt gladness and sadness.
Imagine Mary teaching Jesus the Old Testament before he was old enough to go to the village synagogue school. Their home was poor but devout.
Jesus grew up bringing glory to God by fulfilling his purpose on earth even until His final day (John 17:4). We honor God the same way. By loving and serving others, telling them about God, worshiping Him, we live His goals for us.
Wondering about the everyday life of the young Christ, I look at our youngsters, with hope for their own bright futures in Him.
The little song, Deep and Wide, reminds me of Paul's prayer for spiritual empowerment found in Ephesians 3. On this side of heaven, we'll never fully understand the completeness of God, how deep, how wide, or how high and consistently He loves us.
This great love that is there for the taking by everyone becomes more and more at home in our hearts as we trust in Him, circumstance after circumstance.
Being rooted and established in God's love brings power to reach over the salt shaker and take the hand of our friend, look them in the eye and say, I'm so glad to see you today. Let's thank God together for this glorious day and this meal.?
No embarrassment. No fear. Simply joy and love being shared by God's children.
We don't know the hour or day, but one day Jesus Christ is coming back again to take us to be with Him forever. The scriptures clearly tell us how we should live each day as we wait for His coming.
Our citizenship is not on earth, but in heaven. And, we look forward to seeing our Savior who is from there.
The secret of being content in any and every situation, whether living in plenty or in want, is held in one's trust in Jesus Christ. We can live confidently for Him because we have the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ with us.
God knows every one of us by name. To know that we matter to God makes a lot of doubt and fear disappear. We only have to share our lives in Christ with other people to show God to others.
Let's remember what Mother Teresa once said, Few of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love. And great love glorifies God.
Bonnie Donnelly is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta. Thoughts of Faith is a weekly column written by various ministers and lay people. Those interested in scheduling a date for writing a Thoughts of Faith column should contact Christy Hudson at 376-5446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if a Thoughts of Faith column is written at the writer's convenience and sent to The Times, it will run the first available date.