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Drinking Deep of God’s Love at Christmas

Bird on an old wooden rail, photo credit: Wendy MacDonald

[Originally published as A Kiss of Kindness: Finding God’s Comfort]

Have you ever craved an extra kiss of kindness from your Heavenly Father? God recently reminded me that we’re always welcome to fall into His arms of grace when we feel like we’ve lost our place in His plans for us.

I woke one morning and realized I was drifting away from my regular routine of drinking deep drafts of God’s Word. It wasn’t that I wasn’t drinking at all—I was only sipping. What I love to do is dip so deep that I’m drenched with joy.

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But the Christmas season makes it more challenging to spend concentrated time in the Word. And that’s kind of sad that the celebration of Joy to the World can turn our world, and our joy, upside down, especially if you already have a heap of craziness on your cracked plate.

Love is patient, love is kind. A Kiss of Kindness: Finding God’s Comfort wendylmacdonald.com

A Reminder

But God reminded me of something about His character when I read:

Love is patient, love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV

Yet, that’s all I felt inspired to write in my journal that morning.

I read my Bible, I briefly prayed for His will to be done, and then I grabbed a bite out of a devotional book because I had a feeling, I needed a little extra nourishment for my waning spirit. And as sure as God is always enough, He met me in the pages of Rooted in God’s Love: Meditations on Biblical Texts for People in Recovery by Dale and Juanita Ryan.

Here’s the verse-of-the-day written on the top of that day’s devotional offering that I spotted, inhaled, and feasted upon:

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I led them with cords of human kindness,
With ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck
And bent down to feed them.
Hosea 11:4 NIV

Sparrow closeup with Hosea 11:4, photo credit: Wendy MacDonald

What a Good Shepherd He is to feed us just what we need to hear when our hearts ache to be held close to His.

The meditation went on to remind us God doesn’t use a heavy hand to guide us. He leads with kindness, with love.

I don’t know if you needed this, but I sure did. I hope this post blesses you so you can continue bravely facing whatever this season, and the New Year, brings, one day at a time.

I hope this blog post:

  • hugged you with His hope
  • lassoed you with His love
  • cradled you with His comfort
  • kissed you with His kindness

Inspired

By the way, the next day I was able to pen seven pages in my journal, type 700 words on my laptop for a podcast, and write the rough draft for this blog post after having dived into His Word for longer than I have in weeks.

Here’s one of the poems I wrote the day after He kissed me with His kindness:

When I sought the Lord’s comfort
He met me in the storm
And kissed me with His kindness
Until my heart was warmed
When I sought the Lord’s comfort
He met me in the rain
And hugged me with His hope
Until my heart was whole again.
~ wlm

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Blessings of His Kindness ~ Wendy Mac

Merry Christmas, dear friends!

Written by Wendy McDonald

I’m a writer, poet, and nature lover.
I also enjoy expressing myself through photography.
Creation has a lot to say…
My prose and poems are a small sampling of nature’s words.
I’m a Christian that loves reading the Bible. Find me at WendyMcDonald.com

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  1. Excellent writing and beautiful photos, especially the Towhee. It is amazing how much our creativity is enhanced when we get in touch with out Creator. I’ve experienced the same thing. The best way to end any type of drought in life is to touch the throne of God! William

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