I’m tired, overwhelmed, been lost in trashy fiction – then made the mistake of trying to work out what I need to do for the end of January (including a proper holiday – holding on for that :-), so loved this choice of verse via Ron Glusenkamp – which he indicates is an imperative:
New Living Translation (NLT)
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
We should rejoice always … so this ending from Maggi seemed appropriate to my tired little mind tonight:
So it is with God. He will be born in our world whether we’re ready or not, deserving or not, prepared or not. The incarnation of God will defy our plans, upset the organised and come with ease and rapturous joy to undeserving sinners and the poor in spirit.