The End of the Journey

Merry Christmas

40 Days of Prayer: Day 40

It’s Christmas Day! Merry Christmas from all of us at Hydrate Church! Consequently, it’s also the end of our 40 day prayer journey together. It also means this is the last daily blog for a while. We will slow down the frequency a bit, but don’t worry, we will keep them coming regularly. 

Christmas, in many ways, is the end of a journey. You have probably been planning this day for months. Lists have been meticulously created and each item checked off. Cards, carefully printed and dutifully mailed, have reached their destinations spreading joy with flash-framed smiles and hand-curled words of love. Plane tickets have been reserved. Automobile gas tanks have been filled. And guest rooms have been prepared. Grocery store shelves have been emptied; their contents masterfully combined to make delectable treats, succulent meats and delicious sides. All for Christmas. 

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It’s Better to Give Than to Receive

Christmas gift

40 Days of Prayer: Day 39

Merry Christmas Eve! It feels like it’s only been 366 days since I last said that. That’s not true, is it? No, the math is right. 2016 is leap year so there has been 366 days since I last said, “Merry Christmas Eve!” The feeling was not right. It doesn’t “feel” like it has been that long since I said it. In fact, it “feels” like Christmas just happened a few months ago and now its back. “You’re slow as Christmas,” was a put down when I was younger. But now it seems like a compliment.

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Playing Chicken

truck going the wrong way on interstate

40 Days of Prayer: Day 38

I was riding on I-95 yesterday minding my own business when a semitruck appeared out of nowhere in my lane headed right for me. For a moment, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous, but I quickly realized with my supernatural deductive reasoning skills that the truck was being hauled by another semitruck which was driving in the correct direction—away from me. Being the careful driver that I am, I took the opportunity to snap a quick pic. Don’t worry, I slowed down to a manageable 72 mph and steadied the stearing wheel with my well trained knee while I got the shot. (I am exaggerating, of course. No emails, please.)

Take a look at the picture again. Imagine with me that the truck really was in your lane. What thoughts would go through your mind? It’s a big truck. It weighs around 32,000 pounds (16 tons) empty, and your car weighs around 4,400 pounds (2.2 tons) or less. This is not going to end well if something doesn’t change. My pulse is accelerating just thinking about it.

On a deeper level, have you ever felt like the choices you have made have put you in the direct path of an emotional semitruck? Have you ever felt like you were speeding toward devastation while it was speeding toward you? If you said yes, you are not alone. We have all made bad choices. Notice that I’m talking about choices and not mistakes. A mistake is something that you accidently do. A choice requires weighing the options and selecting one, and we have all made bad choices. We have looked at our options, understood each consequence and still chosen the one that hurts us. 

“Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard…”

— Romans 3:23a (NCV)

Just because we have all made bad choices doesn’t excuse us; neither should it condemn us forever. Jesus knew that we would fail at times. He understood that our weaknesses would lead us to places that we shouldn’t go. In this understanding, He made a choice of His own. 

“Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins.”

— Romans 3:23-25 (NCV)

Consider the second picture. The next time you feel emotionally broken on the side of the road.  The cross has come to pick you up and carry you to safety. Jesus has come to restore that which has been broken either by your choices or someone else’s. Will you accept His help? Will you accept His “free gift”?

tow truck with cross

Thank you for reading. Now, please go to our Prayer Wall and pray for the needs there. You may also add your own needs there.