I sneezed the other day and a stranger passing by said, “God bless you.” I really didn’t want anyone to acknowledge my nasal outburst, but his comeback was obviously conditioned within him as was my reply. “Thank you.”
We are fully immersed in the cold and flu season which means there will be a lot of "God bless yous" out there.
We just finished expressing our thankfulness for all the wonderful things we enjoy on a daily basis and now we take two steps forward and it's Christmas--this is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus, Immanuel--God with us.
Ministers lament over finding those cutting edge sermons for the weeks leading up to Christmas hoping to wow their congregations with a new and deep revelations no one else has discovered.
I was feeling a bit the same way as I prayed and asked the Lord to give me an amazing devotional to share for Christmas week. I read Luke 1 in the Living Bible and my eyes locked on this phrase. “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you!..."
“Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you..." Luke 1:30 (TLB)
God decided to bless you! "God bless you, Mary!"
You probably were wondering when the sneeze was coming back. Here it is...God has decided to wonderfully bless US TOO! It's HIS plan for your life.
In the next weeks, you or someone around you is going to have a nasal outburst and you or someone around you is going to say, "God bless you." Their response is taught--but God's is a choice! His heart is moved towards your needs. Just like Mary--God has decided to wonderfully bless YOU--too!
Merry Christmas, my dear friends, and God bless you!