Hello Sumite sisters and brothers, Christy Edney here. This time of year seems pregnant with hope, bursting at the seams with joy and emotion. However, not everyone views this season in that same way. It can be especially hard for those of us in unequal marriages. We may feel our souls cry out against the tide of unending materialism or we may bear witness to the enemy’s increased attacks in our home. Over the last week I’ve read more and more stories of our husbands falling prey to the attack that manifests itself through verbal assaults or irrational behavior. Please know that you have the support of this community, we love you and pray for you daily. I would like to call our attention to one sentence buried in the middle of the well-read Christmas story found in Luke 2:17-19
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Let’s notice that Mary, through the excitement of his birth and the stream of visitors, she chose to focus on the promise of who her baby would become. We can choose to focus our hearts and minds on the gift of salvation freely given in the form of this helpless baby, Jesus Christ. Please pray with me,
Mighty God, we strive to focus our hearts on the truth of the Christmas gift, the promise of hope in Jesus Christ. Teach us to be like Mary, to store up what we know about you and your promises. We offer gratitude for the gift that you’ve freely given us and we seek to live our lives in obedience to your call. Father, we lift up our unbelieving spouses. We thank you for what you have done, are doing and will do until the day of completion. We declare their salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. We pray and praise in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
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