Home For Christmas

12.19.17 | by Marci Magaha

    Jesus will welcome you home for Christmas!

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Read Luke 15:11-32

    For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.                                               Luke 19:10

    One of my favorite songs right now is “Broken Things” by Matthew West.  “But if it’s true You use broken things, then here I am Lord, I am all Yours.”

    I am a prodigal daughter, like the son who rebelled against his father in Luke 15:11-32.  I turned from my earthly family and my Heavenly Father.  I left them for “the party” just like the skit that we often do on our Women’s Retreats.  For many years my behavior caused hurt feelings and worry.  It also lead to a bad relationship.  The fear that had taken over my life had broken me.  But when I finally came home, I was met with open arms by my family and my God.

    One of the things that I love doing now is teaching Sunday School.  Sometimes when all of their little faces are looking at me, I have to take a second because it still blows my mind.  God has entrusted me with teaching these kids, His children, about Him.

    Paul, who in his early years was known as Saul and persecuted Christians, wrote, “I became a servant of this Gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power (Eph 3:7).  We are never too broken or too far gone for God to not only forgive us, but to use us for His work.  I am thankful every day for Jesus’ gift of salvation; for Jesus taking the punishment we deserved, so that we can come home, forgiven with a new life ahead of us.

    When I came home, I started going to church regularly and over time I started going to any class I could make it to.  The more I gave Him, the more He gave me strength, happiness, contentment.  Life still has ups and downs, but now there is joy and love and rest and a knowing of where my true home is.

    PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for welcoming us back home when we stray away and get lost.  You never give up on us and your love reaches out and welcomes every broken person who would turn to you.  Enable someone to turn to you this very day!  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

    Prayer Focus:  for those who want to come home

    Oakland’s Live Outdoor Nativity Pageant is tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30.  It’s a perfect place to start your journey home!