A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes
"He [Jesus] was despised and rejected---a man of
sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our
backs on Him and looked the other way when He went by.
He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our
weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed
Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment
from God for His own sins!"1
Soon it will be Christmas Day...the day we celebrate
the birth of the Savior...the One who was rejected by
men...the One who came from heaven to earth to give His
life a ransom for your sins and mine...the One who is
now in heaven preparing a place for His followers...the
One who is coming again to take us to be with Him in
glory forever. How can we ever thank God and the Son of
God enough for so great salvation? One of my favorite
gospel songs written by Keith Green expresses my
feelings very well. I trust it will yours, too. Let's
make this our suggested prayer for today:
"Oh Lord, You're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek;
And when Your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.
I wanna take Your Word
and shine it all around.
But first help me just to live it, Lord!
And when I'm doing well.
Help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to You.
Oh, Lord, You're wonderful,
Your touch is all I need,
And when Your hand is on this child,
Your healing I receive.
"Oh Lord, please light the fire,
That once burned bright and clear,
Replace the lamp of my first love,
That burned with holy fear.2
Gratefully, in Jesus' name. Amen."
1. Isaiah 53:3-4 (NLT).
Brenda Clark Pike
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