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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Monday, December 06 2021

 

“Be still and know that I am GOD; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exhaled in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” -Psalm 46:10-11

 

Familiar words to all believers. Yet how often are we still before God? Stillness is uncommon in our culture today. Many are uncomfortable will stillness…having so much to do, so many places to go…. must finish my to do list, must do this, must do that! Where is God in our daily “to do list?” We are now in the season of extreme business! Christmas is coming! I don’t believe God expects us to be SO busy, that we miss the true meaning of what Christmas is all about. The celebration of His Son’s birth. Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us, King of Kings.

 

Oswald Chambers, once wrote…” Five minutes with God in His Word is worth more than all the rest of the day.” Even a short time of prayer can yield powerful results. My Mother once wrote new words to the old hymn Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus…. here are her words sung to the same tune.                               

 

Sit down, be still with Jesus

 

Sit down, be still with Jesus,

and let His voice be heard!

Hold in your hands the Scriptures

and cherish every word.

Cast down your eyes before Him;

enthroned Him in your mind.

Let every worry vanish;

His peace you'll surely find.

 

He tends with loving kindness

to all who walk His way.

Take time to heed His leading;

He waits for us to pray.

His joy, His grace, His mercy

are gifts He freely gives

To all who will believe Him,

and love because He lives.

 

I know that He is with me

and guides my life each day...

He knows my every weakness

and keeps me in His way,

O Soul! Be still before Him

and wait upon His word!

Hear what He says to teach you;

be sure that you have heard!

 

-Sarah K. Mitchell - 1989

(Sing to the tune of Stand up, Stand up for Jesus!)

 

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to each and all. 

Prayer for Today

Holy Jesus, remind us daily to sit down, and be still in your Presence, even if for a short while, in all the days to come. Thank you for loving each of us so much. In Your Holy and Blessed name, we pray. Amen.

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