Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.
She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear.
God has a surprise for you:
You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.”
~ Luke 1:28-33, The Message
This most momentous surprise began with an angel bringing a forever changing message… a humble heart of receiving… an eternal Joy. Like an ever unfolding rose, our Father continues to send this message to each of our hearts today.
Good morning beauty of my heart… He greets us each dawn. I have a surprise for you. If you say yes, you will carry my Son to the world, for He will live in you…
And… I think… as we do… our Father is a God who delights in more and more surprises.
The glory of a flower turned emerald leaf, transformed to gold against the Autumn sky.
The whisper of possibility against all doubt.
Little joys designed just for you.
Others poured forth to run through your hands like a cup of water to the thirsty.
I wonder… does our thankfulness surprise Him with joy? 🙂
Listen for His whisper this Still Saturday. He is with you. And promise petals of surprise are falling from His hand over you…
and dancing pirouette back heavenward on the breeze of your praise.
And in this spirit…I have a merry giveaway surprise I’d love to share with you as He has amazed me this season by an out of the blue acceptance of a Christmas story I submitted two years ago to Chicken Soup. I thought it had been shelved… and when the email came, I actually had to shuffle through my files to remember the story that went with this title!
It’s special to me for a couple of reasons. First, because I don’t recall a time when someone asked me my favorite season that I haven’t burst out — Christmas! Second, because this is a story I wrote about the beautiful ways He sends healing and redeeming light in the midst of a Christmas clouded by deep sorrow. Not unlike the first Christmas of LOVE sent to a dark and hurting world…
I remember a lovely little book I received from Mom one Christmas in my late teens…oh, how I loved it. A collection of stories, songs, poems and recipes of the season, sweetly illustrated in English pen & ink, laced with true meaning. Somewhere it has been lost, but I can still see the cover in my mind… An Old Fashioned Christmas. And remember the thought I had way back then — “What a wonder it would be if ever I wrote a Christmas story, published like one of those!” I think I’m still feeling the wonder of it… and praising Him, asking Him to use it to touch others in ways I do not know…
THERE’S STILL TIME TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!
In a world that seems too often to miss the true reason for the season, I’m so thankful and blessed to give Him glory in my part within this collection…and just want to bless you too!
SOOOOO … I hope you will take a moment to leave me a comment at Autumn Porticoes… and… A Book GIVEAWAY! to enter for the chance to receive It’s Christmas!
© Pam Depoyan
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