Here's Your Chance
When you think about the incredible gift God has given to the world, are you honoured, do you appreciate the life and free will God has given you? When we think about creation, being a part of this world, it didn't have to be this way, none of us had to exist. It is because God loved us so much, He wanted us to have the chance to live, to seek Him in life and to have the will to choose. God didn't have to create humanity, He chose to out of eternal love, giving us the opportunity to live, love and find joy. Do we honour God in return for this great gift and act of love?
Today's First Reading states:'And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine; and she brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slew the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, "Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me my petition which I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD." And they worshiped the LORD there'(1 Samuel 1:24-28).
Today's reading talks about how we should offer everything to God. Even if we gave everything, it still wouldn't be enough. The offence of sin, as stated by Anselm, is such great offence to God, that only ultimate satisfaction can be paid in order to repay it. We see this through Jesus, God's Son, giving his life so that we can find redemption and love, the chance to return to God. Think about the Advent season, this time of preparation. We give so much time to family, gift-giving, the music and food. Do we give ourselves, our time to God? Take some time to reflect on ways you can give yourself for God this Christmas season.
Today's prayer comes from 'Inviting God' a prayer inviting God to work in your life:
"Heavenly Father, I invite you now to come into my life afresh. I give back all the areas of my life that I have dedicated to sin since receiving Jesus as my Lord. I ask you to take them and purify them, renewing them for your purposes. Lord please remove any pride or lust that may be rooted in my heart. Please wash my heart with your living, purifying water. Father, I pray that you will fill me anew with your Holy Spirit and set me apart to do your work in the world. Hearken my ears to your Spirit's voice and draw my eyes to your Word in the scripture each day. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen."