A Post Christmas Devotion
CHRISTMAS has come and gone, and yet our heart is filled with rapture and a glorious hope for the life which is to come.
Simeon’s joy and hope, Anna’s triumphant faith which also caused her to testify of the blessed hope within her heart in blessed harmony with the song of Simeon, with Mary, with the Shepherds, and with the angels from heaven–ah–if only this joy and happiness which now fills our hearts would continue to express itself throughout the whole year in active service and humble obedience and willing submission to the clear and holy will of our Lord and Redeemer!
“Now sing we, now rejoice” we in the birth of our Savior and King. But tomorrow, even “When I am old and grey-headed”– will we say with David “O God, forsake me not: until I have showed Thy strength unto this generation, and Thy power to every one that is to come”?
There is so much need of giving a clear and ringing testimony of the living Truth, of God’s boundless love for sinners, of Christ’s compassion and pity for the distressed and afflicted. Are we to remain ready and willing to place our time, talents, and money into the service of Him Who alone is Master of our life, the faithful Bishop of our souls?
In Ps. 97 we read “Ye that love the Lord” (His coming, His suffering, death and resurrection) “hate evil: He preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.” May these words of Scripture ring in your ears and encourage you to be most faithful to your holy calling in Him as servants of the Most High God. The work in our churches in particular, next to our sacred obligations in the home, dare not be slighted or neglected. God gave to us His best, His Son. May we do our best always in remembrance of His love to us.