Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Advent Meditations

My apologies for any inconveniences my lack of technical knowledge might have caused. Yesterday I tried to post two meditations at once and this afternoon realized I had repeated one from the day before. Now, tonight I'm trying to post only one and I've lost my pre-sets. Our daughter, Marty, set everything up, formatted it, etc. and, try as I might, I cannot make it return to the former settings. I did call the oncology clinic to check with the nurse this morning and she told me to see our primary care doctor. I called right before noon, told them the problem and they said for me to come in at 1:15. By two, I had been seen and been to get meds. It was the right thing to do! I also learned from the oncology clinic that the CA125 is down another four points. Yea!!

Day 11 – Away in a Manger
Scripture: Luke 2:7; Colossians 2:6-7

Away in a Manger is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, Christmas hymns we learn as children. It may be sung to one of two melodies, either of which is easy to sing and the words paint a beautiful picture of the scene in the manger where Jesus was born. You can close your eyes, see the sleeping baby, hear the cattle and smell the hay. But, it’s the last verse that means the most in our family.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with
thee there.

For years this was the bedtime prayer I sang to my children. What more could I ask than for Jesus to be near them as they slept and to guide their every step in their waking moments?

Words to ponder: If we ask Jesus to stay close by us forever, we are asking for an intimate relationship with him. Is that what you truly want? How can you draw nearer to the Lord Jesus as the days go by?

Pastor Margaret

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