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Strengthened

January 4, 2021

“It is well for the heart to be strengthened by grace.” Hebrews 13:9b

Christmas isn’t over (happy Eleventh Day!) but our family’s break is coming to an end. It’s a regular Monday in my world, and Erika has meetings and prep work to do as Grace prepares for five days of remote learning. The kids have a reprieve until Wednesday morning, when they’ll pop open their iPads and laptops and “return” to school.

We are returning to normal, but we have been strengthened by this season we’ve been able to share together. I hope this is true for you. Whether you’ve had time with loved ones or, perhaps, been forced to stay separated from those you most love, I pray you’ve found your hearts strengthened by Christmas. In this very different holiday season, we have found meaningful ways to worship and welcome Jesus Christ, the newborn king.

Maybe you’re feeling weaker than normal, that life is more difficult and you’re not up to the task. Maybe you’ll feel weighed down and burdened. If so, take heart! The strength of God at work in Christ is a power made manifest in weakness. Your weakness is an opportunity for God to work (and so is mine!). That’s grace at work, God giving us that which we’ve done nothing to deserve: life, forgiveness, and salvation.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of grace, we call to you from our weakness. Reveal your light to us today. Let us lean into your grace and feel your love surround us. Bless our nation and this whole world this week. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Grace on a winter morning, January 3, 2021 (photo by me).

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