One of my favorite department stores (Talbots) has coined a phrase that I just can’t seem to release from my mind. A Kaleidoscope of Moments. “The holiday season is a kaleidoscope of moments. Some small and intimate. Some big and splashy. Like the sparkling lights on a holiday tree, we string new moments together…watching them become the stories we tell and the traditions we cherish.” That’s the art of advertising! I’m not sure the writer of this ad truly realizes the impact of his words! They relate to us during our personal journey and they relate to the glorious Christmas story told time and time again!
Don’t have a Bible? See and hear the Christmas Story – A Harmony of the Nativity Story from the Bible.
Listen to the story: http://ia802302.us.archive.org/22/items/christmas_2006_librivox/christmas_story_web_mjk_64kb.mp3
I often wonder what happened in Anna's life to cause such devotion. We do know that she came from the tribe of Asher and that she was widowed after only seven years of marriage. The events of her life must have been tough, but her love for God caused her to draw near to Him, with a fashion of intentional routine. Be an Anna. She was expectant! She was diligent! She was verbal! Anna, was proclaimed as the prophetess during a time when prophets were no longer recognized. I can just hear her telling of the day she met Jesus for the first time! Can you hear the excitement in her voice and the expressions on her face?! Emmanuel, God with us!
The few verses about Anna share much; however, there are numerous questions left unanswered. However hard her life must have been, she was known as the woman who spent a lifetime seeking, trusting, and worshipping.
12 For now we see in a mirror [a]dimly, but then face to face;
now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Only God sees the over-arching, perfect clear image. And He sees the wondrous picture of your life too! It’s a flawless plan unfolding and revolving around a story of perfect love. A kaleidoscope of moments...Moments beautifully shared with others, creating an overall image of fascinating wonder!
In this Christmas season, "reach out and touch someone!" May the characters surrounding you play an important role in helping you to tell the story of the love and faithfulness of God in your life. He is Emmanuel, God with us! And He is there at every turn, every question of what's next, and during your thoughts of how will I ever make it through?! Devote yourself to worship, witness, and waiting like Anna. Great things are just around the corner when you put your trust in Him!
Be blessed as you reflect on the moments and characters of Christmas...especially the main character and gift to us all, Jesus. May He always be the image at the center of your own personal kaleidoscope, refracting a unique and perfect picture of your life in Him!
"...and all who heard it marveled at the things which were told them..."
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