Did you ever have a day that you enjoyed from the time your feet touched the floor until it was time to climb back into bed? Or for me until I sat down to write this story. Today was that kind of day for me. My day started like it does every morning with a cup of hot coffee, a prayer, my devotional, the daily newspaper, and the book that I am presently reading. I like to ease into my morning by enjoying some of the things I love.
Today’s devotional message really spoke to me. It is one that I read quite frequently. I like to share it with you.
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds. Matthew 7:7-8 Good News Bible
Wow! That touches my heart every time I read it.
Tonight’s Christmas story is almost like a wish. I wish that every person in the world would read those words of scripture every day. Maybe more than once a day. Perhaps it needs to be memorized. Maybe if everyone asked God to help them change their hearts, and continued to ask; the violence, stealing, drugs, and hate would stop. Maybe by asking, the door would be open to those who need a change of heart. Perhaps if we all keep searching, we will all find a better way to live. Maybe if we ask, search, knock, and are willing to change; miracles might happen. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!
In this Christmas season, I hope for peace. I wish that greed would vanish like a puff of smoke. I wish that people would treat others the way they would like to be treated. I hope for kinder hearts, encouraging words, answered prayers, homes for the homeless, and the end to hunger. I pray for love, love that would spread to more people than all the Christmas stars in the sky.
I like to believe that God smiles each time He hears a voice, asking. I can almost feel his excitement when He sees someone searching, and His sigh of love when they knock.
I won’t give up on hope for those who are struggling with doing what is right. Christmas is the time to give faith a try. I believe that people can change if they want to. It is my hope that Matthew 7:7-8 will change lives.
Keeping asking, Keep searching, and Keep knocking! He is waiting.