A Vertical Moment

Filter By:

Give Thanks and Speak

“[Anna] did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour, she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:37-38).
From what we can tell in Scripture, Joseph and Mary kept the birth of Jesus quiet. So who knew? Some shepherds. Probably the innkeeper (although we have no indication that he knew who this Baby was). Some wise men, and when they asked King Herod about the One born “king of the Jews,” then Herod knew (and became jealous, deceitful, and eventually, outraged and murderous - Matt. 2:1-16). 
Before Herod’s death threats and their subsequent escape to Egypt, however, Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to God and offer a sacrifice, in accordance with Jewish Law (Luke 2:22-24). At the temple in Jerusalem, they encountered Simeon, who held Jesus and proclaimed a blessing.
The next person to know was the widow Anna, who was “advanced in years.” How did she respond at seeing Jesus? Scripture is clear: she gave thanks to God and spoke about the Child to all who were waiting.
We could take a lesson from Anna. In this holy season, perhaps we, too, could give thanks to God and speak about Jesus to all. People all around us are waiting. Waiting to find hope. Waiting for peace. Waiting to find love – real, unconditional, sacrificial love. Jesus brought a gospel of grace for all mankind. God is “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Let’s give thanks and speak, today.
Posted by Joan S. with

Breath of God

I’ve been thinking a lot about the breath of God this week.  You see, recently we visited Colorado.  I did TONS of research before our trip, but I missed one key topic: elevation sickness. 
Most of our trip was spent at 10,000 feet or higher, and elevation sickness hit me hard. Every breath was a struggle. No matter how hard I struggled to pull air into my lungs, I still felt light-headed, nauseous, exhausted, and drained. I would walk 25 steps, and then have to bend over for a minute, panting, trying to catch my breath. It was not a pretty sight.
It made me realize how much I take the simple act of breathing for granted. When I’m in an oxygen rich environment – I can BREATHE, I have energy, I can walk 25 feet without passing out! :)
And I can’t help but relate this to the way we live our lives. When we are depending on God for everything – when we recognize that He is the one who breathes life into us: no obstacle is insurmountable, our workload is easier, we have the energy and desire to do God’s will… But when we try to do it under our own steam, no matter how hard we try, we just don’t seem to have what it takes.
So will you join me in stopping for a moment? Take a deep breath, and give praise to the God who gave you life! Then ask Him to breathe new life into you today!
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4
Posted by Sue H. with

12345678910 ... 8687