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Day 16: Hallmarked


Hallmark Christmas Specials

Why do I watch them

to the end,

no matter how many twists & turns

that happen throughout the story…

Because I experience…

Peace

in the midst of uncertainty

Peace

in the midst of absurdity

Peace

in the midst of calamity

Why?

Because I know how the story will end~

Happily Ever After!

Hallmark Specials~

The Happily Ever After tales

for grown ups.

Curious me

looked up the word

"Hallmark",

and then it all made sense.

Hallmark~

to put a seal upon, certifying the highest standard of purity.

Sealed

Hallmarked

“ In the ancient world, a seal was used to identify and to protect.

If something was sealed, everyone knew who it belonged to (the seal had an insignia),

and the seal prevented anyone else from tampering with the item.” (Guzik)

This Baby

was born to

Hallmark

You & I.

To put a seal upon us,

stamped with the perfect insignia~

An inherited birthright status through

Jesus Christ.

Our Birthright~

Belonging to

This Baby

who was born to give us

the guaranteed ending to our story~

Our Happily Ever After~

“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold,

I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to ALL people.” Luke 2:10

"For behold"~

to excite to attention.

"Bringing Good Tidings (news)"~

of the coming kingdom of God,

Jesus~

the way to salvation.

"For All People"~

The Baby

Who came for All~

mother, sister, father, brother,

husband, wife, niece, nephew,

grandmother, grandfather, grandchild

teacher, care giver, friend and student...

Of Great Joy~

To be Clothed with

Joy,

not fear,

because

It is finished.

We have a guaranteed future

no matter what we may be going through.

Hallmarked

with a

Happily Ever After Ending

to all our stories~

The

Joy of what is to come

Because of what Jesus has done

because of

The Baby

who grew up and became and

The Risen Man.

No more fear

No more sorrow

No more tears

into the prefect eternity with

Him.

What has stolen your joy, or is stealing your joy from today~

is it an illness, a prodigal child, financial burden, a relationship, or just plain 'ole life?

How does the truth that you will live Happily Ever After, guaranteed,

bring you joy in your present circumstances?

Hallmarked

What if you kept your eyes fixed on your guaranteed ending,

no matter what the twists and turns in your story~

How would your perspective change?

Would you be filled with

Peace?

And this is no ordinary peace.

It is the peace that “transcends all understanding”.

The peace that The Baby brings into your heart.

Live this moment

with your eyes

Fixed on your Happily After Ending~

Fixed on

The Baby

Fixed on

Jesus

And

experience

His Peace

in whatever Chapter you may be in ~

because

you know how your story ends!

"...Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—

an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you,

pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

And through your faith, God is protecting you by His power

until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad.There is wonderful

joy

ahead,

even though you must endure many trials for a little while. I Peter 1:3-6

Because

we are

Hallmarked~

"...He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come...."

2 Corinthians 1:21-22


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