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…
in the midst of uncertainty
in the midst of absurdity
in the midst of calamity
Because I know how the story will end~
Happily Ever After!
The Happily Ever After tales
for grown ups.
looked up the word
and then it all made sense.
to put a seal upon, certifying the highest standard of purity.
“ 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)
was born to
You & I.
To put a seal upon us,
stamped with the perfect insignia~
An inherited birthright status through
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
to excite to attention.
"Bringing Good Tidings (news)"~
of the coming kingdom of God,
the way to salvation.
"For All People"~
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
It is finished.
We have a guaranteed future
no matter what we may be going through.
Happily Ever After Ending
to all our stories~
Joy of what is to come
Because of what Jesus has done
who grew up and became and
The Risen Man.
No more fear
No more sorrow
No more tears
into the prefect eternity with
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?
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
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~
in whatever Chapter you may be in ~
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
even though you must endure many trials for a little while. I Peter 1:3-6
"...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