Something to think about this Memorial Day:
This photo below is from CNN article found at (http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/28/asia/isis-threat-southeast-asia/index.html ) with the photo description: “An ISIS fighter erects the flag of the so-called Islamic State atop a school near a mosque in Marawi, southern Philippines on May 24, 2017.”
This is what ISIS wants, everywhere, and they will get it if we, or any nation, allows it by not defending itself. There is a reason for the shed blood of those who died for the freedoms we all have-in this photo you see the reason.
CNN article: ISIS in Southeast Asia: Philippines battles growing threat, may 29, 2017. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/28/asia/isis-threat-southeast-asia/index.html.
She gave birth to a son,
a male child,
who will rule all the nations
with an iron scepter.
And her child was snatched up to God
and to His throne.
Many people go through the motions of the holidays, buying gifts, baking cookies, and sending Christmas cards; but after it is all said and done, they are left with a longing in their heart, a vast emptiness that was not filled by all the merriment of the season. December becomes a month in which credit cards and stress levels are maxed out. And though precious memories are made on Christmas morning, there is no lasting meaning for the celebration.
For Christians however, Christmas is a time to celebrate and rejoice that Jesus came down in the form of a baby and brought salvation to an undeserving world. Today, focus your thoughts on the only true and lasting meaning of Christmas, that Christ came down from heaven to bring us gifts that remain even after the day is over: hope, peace, and love.
Wishing each of you the merriest Christmas this year!
Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah’s Pathways Devotional, December 25.