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Advent 2018 – Day 9

Thanks for coming back to read another Advent devotional about God’s “I WILL” promises. I hope your moments spent here are like a quiet eddy in the rush of the holiday activities.

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” I laugh when I hear those familiar words. All too often I can’t get to sleep, and in the wee hours of the morning I am wide awake. I write letters to my kids, I clean the floors, or write devotionals like this one. Sleep many times eludes me, and I rise in the morning feeling groggy and unprepared for a new day.

Yet I take comfort because the Lord knows my body needs rest. He will eventually allow me to rest. In Matthew 11:28-29, Jesus promised:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

These words echoed those of the prophet Isaiah centuries earlier, “Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Are you exhausted from Christmas shopping, baking and parties? Reread the verses above and see if you can find the clues on how to receive God’s strength.

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