Words from the Heart for Monday December 21st, 2020
The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
The Mighty One
In an online article titled “Ten Mighty Mountains that (almost) Anyone Can Summit” Mount Temple is included. If you’re visiting Banff National Park, it’s impossible to miss the 11,600-foot Mount Temple, which towers over Lake Louise. Be warned, even in July and August, the upper slopes of this behemoth might still be snowy. The 15 kilometre out-and-back trail can be completed in a day and draws hundreds of hikers during the summer. Don’t write this off as an easy hike, though. The summit involves a steep and not-well-marked rock scramble.
As popular as super heroes were a generation ago, with the on-film battle between Marvel and DC superheroes, they are more popular than ever. Particularly in this pandemic year they give us a hope that maybe, somewhere out there, there really are superheroes who can save us from ourselves or from external threats that seem too real. If that’s your hope, your dream, there is some very good news indeed. It is the whole point of the Christmas story. The Bible says this in Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” This was a prediction, a prophecy, about the birth of Jesus. The baby who came into this world as a baby in a manger in an Israeli village called Bethlehem is named Immanuel, which means “God with us.” He is far more than a cute little baby. He is the Mighty One who created the world and who lovingly created you. If you ask Him to, He will remove your sin and quiet you with His love.
These have been words from the heart.