The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me
solitude like a partridge in a pear tree.

Often this time of year, I am looking for something new. Like a new devotional or a new Bible that will inspire me to read it everyday. Sometimes I want a new journal or some new music to serenade me into the new year.

I started this day with two lovely coffee dates. One to catch up with a friend from town and the other to visit with a friend here from out of town. Little did they know that they fulfilled my desire for something new.

One gave me a Josh Wilson CD in a sweet little gift bag, with these words:

 
The other gave me a journal with a card wishing me JOY!
 
 
This evening, I shopped my bookshelves for a devotional for 2013. A couple years ago, I bought The One Year Coffee with God devotional by Sarah Arthur. In it, she mentions a prayer guide that follows the liturgical year called A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants. I came across it in my book hunt in the basement. The readings for this week were under the title: All Things New. Oh, how I love a theme.
 
All things new, this is the cry of my heart, especially the day after the feast of Christmas. What’s next? How will I occupy myself for the next twelve days? In the morning I made a lofty goal of reading twelve books, one a day. Ha! Instead, I’m just going to read, whatever the Spirit leads. I did read Psalm 65 today. Yum! Nourishing words of hope and joy!
 
The psalmist observes: “You crown the year with  your bounty . . .” (Psalm 65:11 ESV), a great summary of this year and hope for the next. Year after year Jehovah provides. I will make my plans, goals and resolutions, only to waver after a burst of enthusiasm. I have been here before, and yet again God will crown my feeble efforts with His grace.
 

2 thoughts on “The Twelve Days of Christmas

  1. Oh Kel, you are blessed by such friends–isn't God good to give us the desires of our heart?I was reading 'Circle of Seasons' by Kimberlee Conway Ireton about Christmas and the days after–I'm going to keep the Spirit of the season alive for the next 12 days as well. Not sure how, but at the very least by feasting on God's word–our delight!Blessings to you.

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