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Gloria in excelsis deo!
You sing it every year at Christmas – Glory, in the highest to God! You are proclaiming to God the most exalted honor, adoration, praise and thanksgiving! But do you mean it? Do you really praise and adore God; do you give Him thanksgiving and the highest praise no matter your circumstances?

When Alzheimer’s has robbed a loved one of understanding and mobility. Do you mean it?

When your daughter tells you she’s pregnant – at 15… Do you mean it?

When your boyfriend tells you he sees nothing wrong with online pornography… Do you mean it?

When you’re waiting for biopsy results… Do you mean it?

When you’re struggling with grief that simply won’t let go… do you mean it?

When another month comes and goes and there’s still no baby… Do you mean it?

When your adult child refuses to forgive your past and withholds his love… Do you mean it?

When your sister enters hospice… Do you mean it?

When it’s your first divorced Christmas… Do you mean it?

When life is harder than you can bear, and you despair even unto death… Do you mean it?

When the darkness is so thick you can’t see or feel anything but oppression… Do you mean it?

When the hardest part of the day is living… Do you mean it?

When there doesn’t seem to be anything glorious in your life… Do you mean it?

Do you try to withhold glory from God if your prayers are not answered as you would like? Do you think you can deprive God of His rank if things in your life aren’t what you think they should be?

Have you paused to ask God what He wants for you in your circumstances? Have you submitted to the Sovereign All-Wise God who always does what is right? Or do you argue with Him while presenting your plan and to-do list in self-focused and self-glorifying prayer?

There are choices in your circumstances: you can let them lead you to self pity and defeat, or you can let them lead you beyond yourself. You can follow them to Bethlehem, to the manger where God stepped out of heaven and came as a baby.

“‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11 NIV

You can let them lead you to the cross, where Jesus died so that you might be redeemed from the futility of fate and karma and every other idea that battles to take the place of the Sovereign God in your life.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

You can let your circumstances lead you to the empty tomb, and fall on your knees in humble adoration of the Risen Lord, and where God is waiting to lift you up

“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’” – Matthew 11:29-30 NIV

When you choose to let your circumstances carry you to Jesus, you will find rest, strength, courage and love. You will find the resolve to stand with the saints and angels and proclaim:

Gloria in excelsis deo
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heav’nly song?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Comments on: "To God be the Glory!!" (2)

  1. Katie Vail said:

    Merry Christmas Marcia! I love reading your weekly blog and look forward to following in the New Year!!! Katie Vail, XO

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