Sunday, June 25, 2017

Christmas Devotion: We Are the Reason

As a way of saying “Thank You” for your partnership and friendship, Heart of God International is sharing with you a Christmas Meditation based on a different Christmas Carol each morning from now until Christmas Day.  We pray you will be blessed as you enjoy a few minutes of reflection during this busy season of celebration and remembrance! God bless you this Christmas!

 

There Is A Reason 

 

During this season, more than all others, the “Reason” can be hard to focus on for even those with the strongest faith. Television floods our homes with commercialized Christmas advertisements and programming. Radio fills the airwaves with seasonal songs, many of which fail to even mention the “Reason” for the season. Workplaces are full of hustle and bustle trying to get ahead so everyone can take a few days off without the business losing money. Parties, pageants, cantatas, plays, programs, shopping, wrapping, planning, cooking, baking, greeting … and the list goes on. Time is soon snuffed out and there is none left to devote quality time with the “Reason” for the season.

“We Are the Reason” shares a message pointing to the REASON for this season, a reason for hope, a reason for life, a reason for love! It also happens to be one of my personal favorites!

We Are the Reason

by David Meece

As little children we would dream of Christmas morn
And all the gifts and toys
We knew we’d find, but we never realized
A baby boy, one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our life

Chorus
We are the reason that He gave His life
We are the reason Jesus suffered and died
To a world that was lost
He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by, we learned more of our gifts
And giving of ourselves and what they mean
On a dark and cloudy day
A man hung dying in the rain
Because of love, because of love
Because of love  Chorus

Every time I see the cross
I’m reminded that He gave His life
For you and me…  Chorus

We are the reason but
He is the reason we live

There was hustle and bustle in the heavenlies when this miracle Christ-child was born, the baby who, through His birth, life, death, and resurrection, gave us the greatest gift of our life. On that memorable night, every bit of busy-ness was directly related to the birth of the Savior.


It was indeed a holy night, but silent? It is doubtful. The skies were ablaze with angelic beings praising and glorifying God for the event they had just witnessed; the manger where He lay was noisome with the animals that more than likely recognized the awesomeness of the Visitor to their humble stable.

Take a deep breath, sit down and relax, and spend that much needed time in reflection of who the “Reason” for the season truly is and what He has done for you.

Make one more list. Begin to number a piece of paper and write down the blessings received during the past year. As you see the list begin to grow, you won’t be able to resist giving praise to the Lord for the work He has done in you, for you, through you this past year. Then give a gift to a friend that costs nothing. Tell them about the precious King of kings and Lord of lords whom you serve with joy and gladness. Give them a gift that will last forever-give them the gift of eternal life by introducing them to the “Reason for the Season.”

Lord, as I consider all that fills every moment of every day, I am alarmingly aware that, as hard as I try not to, I can get caught up in the busyness of these days. Help me to keep my focus on the Word made flesh who came to earth and dwelt among us, who eternally lives and reigns in Majesty, amen and amen!

 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to every man
that asketh you a
reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear”
(I Peter 3:15)  

 

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David Meece (born May 26, 1952) is a Contemporary Christian musician who enjoyed success in the mid 80s throughout the early 2000s with more than 30 Top 10 hits (several reaching No. 1). Growing up in Humble, Texas, with an abusive, alcoholic father, David found solace in playing the piano. By his mid-teens he was touring in Europe and the USA. He went on to study music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he met his wife, Debbie, who plays the viola. David and his wife currently live in Franklin, Tennessee. David worked with Canadian songwriter/producer and Juno Award winner Gino Vanelli for his albums Chronology and Candle In The Rain. Meece is perhaps best known for his songs “We Are The Reason” (which has been recorded by well over 200 other artists and sung in several languages according to Meece’s website), “One Small Child” and “Seventy-Times-Seven”. Meece was requested to appear in Billy Graham Crusades, among other outreach groups and television broadcasts. He was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame on June 14, 2008 and received the 2009 Visionary Award for the Inspirational Male Soloist category. In November 2012, Meece was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work by the Artists Music Guild. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Meece

 

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