The Wise Journey to Worship the Christ at Advent

A Holiday Devotional

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This holiday season do you find yourself on a wise journey or a foolish journey? The foolish journey only takes you by all of the trappings of the season. You see the lights, hear the music, decorate the tree, and wrap the gifts. But you miss out on what the Magi experienced that first Advent as recorded by the gospel writer Matthew.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him.
–Matthew 2:10-11

Mama Prayed My Crops Would Fail

Reflections from the Radio

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Mama prayed. Two of the most potent words in the English language.

Biblical Examples

In the Bible we see examples of Mama Prayed with Hannah (1 Samuel 1-2), Elizabeth (Luke 1:41-45), and Mary (Luke 1:46-55).

We also find in Scripture the examples of women who tried to use their own ingenuity rather than pray. Think of Sarai (Genesis 16:1-2), Rachel (Genesis 30:3-5), and Leah (Genesis 30:9-10). Their plans may have added children to their families, but the resulting consequences have not always been ideal.

The Lonesome Fugitive

In 1967 Merle Haggard released an album titled I’m a Lonesome Fugitive. The title song tells the story of a lonely man on the run from the law. It includes this key line which revealed that the fugitive’s mama prayed.

I raised a lot of Cain back in my younger days,
While Mama used to pray my crops would fail.
–Merle Haggard

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace

Hymn Lyrics for Contemplation

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Tune my heart to sing thy grace.
–Robert Robinson

In 1757 the Englishman Robert Robinson penned the words to a hymn that many of us grew up singing in church. Rich lyrics run throughout the hymn especially in the first and final lines. Let’s focus our attention on the prayer request from the opening of the hymn, Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

Sweeter Than Honey

How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
(Psalm 119:103 ESV)

On more than one occasion in the Bible, a connection is made between eating food and ingesting the word of God. Physical eating serves as an illustration of how we should get God’s word into our souls.

In the case of this verse, the psalmist delights in the sweet taste of God’s word. For him it is sweeter than honey to his mouth.