The power of Black Friday is perceived shortage. This deal is good for a limited time. Thinking about that reminded me of the way Paul talked about God’s abundance. Here’s how Eugene Peterson captures Paul’s words:
So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
On January 1, 2009, I started writing short essays in an online devotional, though I never called it a devotional. That felt too churchy. Instead, I wanted to help people understand God, the Bible, and following Jesus in ways that were different than I was reading anywhere else.
On our best days together one or another of us says, “I never thought of it that way.”
We meet here 6 days a week, about fifty weeks a year, to find out whether what comes to my heart is helpful to yours. Some of these essays have ended up as parts of books, but most are only here at this blog.
On January 1, 2020, I’ll start our twelfth year together. If you’ve ever thought about buying a devotional book but decided to keep reading 300 words a day, thank you for your trust. I’d invite you to consider “buying” your next year’s devotional. For more information on supporting this writer, read this link.
There’s no change, of course, as we go into the next year I’ll keeping doing what I do: a prayer on Sunday and posts the rest of the week.