Archive for December, 2012

December 20, 2012
Long Walk Part of Gift
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
“Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2 NIV).

Friend to Friend
An African boy listened carefully as his teacher explained why Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day. “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship for each other,” she said.

When Christmas day came, the boy brought to the teacher a seashell of lustrous beauty. “Where did you ever find such a beautiful shell?” the teacher asked as she gently fingered the gift.

The youth told her that there was only one spot where such extraordinary shells could be found. When he named the place, a certain bay several miles away, the teacher was left speechless.

“Why…why, it’s gorgeous…wonderful, but you shouldn’t have gone all that way to get a gift for me.”

His eyes brightening, the boy answered, “Long walk part of gift.”

I just love that story. During this holiday season, I watch as people scurry about swiping those plastic cards through the credit card machines faster than a speeding bullet. And yet, God has already shown us that the most precious gifts cannot be bought or sold. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV).

The magi also knew about the joy of giving. While they gave gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the Christ child, they also gave another gift…a long walk. We don’t know how far the magi traveled, but we do know that it was a distance that took months, perhaps years. Their long walk was part of the gift.

I wonder how far we are willing to go to worship Jesus…to bring our gifts to him. I wonder how far out of the way we will go to praise him. Do we only give to Him when it is convenient or easy? Or do we give what He wants most – a portion of ourselves, our very lives.

I think the little African boy had the right idea. The real gift wasn’t the shell; it was the sacrifice he had to make to give it.

Let’s Pray
Dear God, thank You for the gift You gave us through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I pray that I will keep gift-giving in perspective this holiday season and give gifts from the heart rather than the pocketbook.  Help me to see that a “long walk,” or a portion of myself, is the greatest gift of all.
In Jesus’ Name,


    Pray While Praying

I Will Wait 4U2!

I Will Wait Too

What was I thinking when I stepped from under the covering of His will;

Seeking my own self will under the guise of keeping it real?

Woman after woman, I went through all the while looking for you,

But each encounter left me empty and dead because my life lacked truth.

One woman had your eyes, yet, your transformational power she lacked;

One had your curvaceous hips, but she fell short of your intellect.

There was the one out west, that presented the silhouette of a woman of God,

But she wasn’t you either, her heart not hidden in Christ and purity not kept before the Lord.

Finally the storm shook the core of my being and shifting my paradigm,

I now see through a different lens that you will come to me in God’s time.

So, I will wait for you too!

I will no longer be willing to settle for any impersonator, real shallow but pretending to be greater.

No, I will not receive Delilah as my truth, I will wait on God to deliver me Ruth,

I will wait on you because you will cover my vulnerability with a gentle strength;

I will now recognize you although the shadows have you hid, because a closer look will reveal that you bear my missing rib.

That symbol of my vulnerability that only that one whose heart is hidden in Christ has the power to seal.

You know my weaknesses, but instead of exploiting them, you come along and affirm my identity.

It’s the Christ in you that allows you to see through my weakness and acknowledge my ability.

You understand that even a strong man grows weary in the battle,

So you come and settle my spirit when I become frustrated and embattled.

For me, you are the symbol of God’s truth, this is why I will wait for you too.

This heart I have to cover is for you and you alone,

Trusting it to someone else was foolish; no wonder my house was never a home!

I will wait on you, because you will expect me to caress your soul before I ever touch your body, knowing that something unique is being cultivated.

You will not want a moment of selfish pleasure to rob of us of the forever that God has created.

Before time began, God loved me, and he proved it best at Calvary, but to solidify the point he designed you for just for me.

A beautiful expression of love divine, intertwined in your smile and inextricably bound to your gait. No wonder my heart now demands that I wait.

No, I will no longer be impressed by poor impressions of you, with no depth and no follow through,

I will not be pulled in by the cunning and subtle misrepresentations of truth.

I will wait for you too!

I will wait for the one that has the virtue of Ruth and the wisdom of Naomi, A woman whose heart searches my very being and understands me because she was designed by God to know me.

I will wait for that woman that has the insight of Rehab and the honor of Hanah, the boldness of Deborah and the patience of Sarah.

I will wait for the one who has the regal presence of Esther, designed to be the king’s queen and equipped to be all that the king needs.

I will wait for that one that has the generous spirit of Abigail, the praying spirit of Priscilla and the audacity of Jael.

Yes my queen, I will wait for you too. I will wait to honor you and all that you are. I will wait to cover you in mind, in spirit, and heart.

My heart senses your presence nearby, our spirits being drawn together by the one on high.

If you are not here by tomorrow or even next week, do not become frenetic or unglued, you see my love, no hurry, I will wait for you too!

~ Dr. Rick Wallace

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