Parents will know how hard it is to capture ‘the moment’ on camera, particularly one with any artistic merit! Got lucky today @scenicworld_aus ... last non-school days for this nearly 5yo! .
I did not see the Christmas comet, but I did see the starry sky. God is so powerful, so beyond our tiny human minds, so magnificent. There is nothing in life so pressing; may we always take ample time to simply be amazed. 🙏🏼
Today's Bible Study
"Great David's Greater Son"
Pray: Imagine that you are in the Temple, surrounded by the cloud of God’s presence. What would you say to God?
READ: Psalm 132
REFLECT: Pause to reflect on God’s purpose in establishing a Temple and on the wonder of meeting with God.
It can be difficult to enter the world of the Old Testament and, although the Psalms seem to speak so directly to us at a personal level, we must bear in mind the differences between an Israelite on pilgrimage and our own lives, even if we have done something slightly similar.
As you read through the psalm, note those places where the psalmist makes mentions of King David and the promises that God made to him. Why do you think God was so kind to David? What sort of promises do you think he was making? Are there any similar blessings which you would wish to pray for in your own life as a Christian? Are there any elements in the worship of the psalm that you would wish to reformulate in the light of Christian faith?
The covenants and promises to David are, of course, fulfilled for the Christian in Christ, “great David’s greater Son.” He is now the focus of worship, the church is his dwelling place (Eph. 2:22), and we, like the priests of this psalm, are clothed with salvation that we might sing for joy (9,16).
APPLY: Is there any way you could replicate something of the excitement of the Israelite pilgrim? A retreat? Your own pilgrimage?
PRAY: God of Wonder, You amaze me. I sing with joy before You today as I bask in the light of Your presence.
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There will be a day that I wondrously dance with you in the hot desert sands of the Southwest, wishing upon the stars in the night sky. Our future will be bright and even though the sky will be filled with all of God’s magical creations, beautiful in all its form, you will be my favorite sight to see. There will be a day this comes to pass, so let it be. In Jesus’ name, let it be. ✨
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice, to sit it out or dance...I hope you dance✨
These, I think, are some of my favorite lyrics ever
For me, they are really about showing up - for this one big, messy, miraculous life. Choosing to see the magic everywhere, and to keep believing, no matter what
When I see a giant Christmas tree full of sparkling lights, I feel like a child. It fills me with hope & wonder
May we never lose hope. May we never lose our childlike faith. May we all be twinkling, dancing lights in a sometimes dark world
📷 @leila_photo .
Anyone else feel this way? #happysunday
The real you is still a little child who never grew up. Sometimes that little child comes out when you are having fun, dressing up or playing, when you feel happy, when you are painting, or writing poetry, or playing the piano, or expressing yourself in some way. These are the happiest moments of your life – when the real you comes out, when you don’t care about who is watching and you don’t worry about the future. You are childlike. 💫 Don’t shut down your inner child!