Dysfunctional dynamics seem to grace the tables of families as they gather together to celebrate the holidays. There are always quirks and past hurts that flavor relationships, and how individuals interact with one another. Every family has their “stuff“, be it external or internal – and it impacts the ebb and flow of how we do life together. When God’s grace is understood, received, and in turn, extended to others, holiday gatherings are a blessing. However, without grace, tension runs high and eggshell walking wields weariness as its weapon of war.
Today, as many of us go forth and gather, we have a choice – will we extend grace and love all as they are, or will we hold onto past hurts or our own concept of what ought to be? How would we respond if Jesus, in the flesh, were seated beside us at the table? If He is in us, He will be present in an equally tangible way. It is our responsibility to allow His heart to be seen through our attitudes and actions.
hold onto your hand;
may we truly receive,
trust all He has planned.
May we allow Your heart,
to be what is shown;
let our loving kindness,
make Your heart be known.
“May God our Father Himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all His followers.” – (I Thessalonians 3:12 – The Message)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for family. Thank You for the blessings and love that You pour out on us. Thank You that You are the reason we may gather and give thanks. Forgive us for any attitude toward others that is not one of love and of grace. Lead us and guide us as we go forth today, so that we are Your ambassadors to our families and friends. May Your heart be made known, and Your love be clearly shown through all that we say and do. Please provide places for those without family to gather and be loved, and show us how we too, are to be Your hands and heart to all those around us. May many come to know the real reason for giving thanks on this day and always. Be magnified, our Mighty God. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.