Full Custody

Like a Christmas carol Psalm 100 plays in my mind. I hear it behind the wheel of my car, on my pillow, and in the mall. It rings out with the Salvation Army bell and sounds with the chimes of the churches I pass. 

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 

With these words that have been stored in my heart since childhood, the Lord is calling me to my spiritual Root. I am His and He desires to claim His ownership of my being. He wants Full Custody of my heart. 

Recently, I held the door for a woman leaving a local book store. Her expression of gratitude led to a conversation. She shared with me that she had just received Full Custody of her teenage granddaughter and grandson. I acknowledged both the joy of her situation and the hard road that led to such a legal result. Gratefully, I commended this Parent Grandparent for her proactive love of her children. Truly, Full Custody will carry great responsibility as well as great privilege and delight. Truly, Full Custody will change the lives of her beloved.

As we approach our celebration of God’s awesome demonstration of His love for His own, let us consider our spiritual relationship with the Christ-child. Does Jesus have Full Custody? It is a soul searching question for me, and no doubt for you as well. Let us purpose together to give our Heaveny Father Full Custody of our hearts in the coming season and ensuing New Year. 

My prayer for you…that God would grant you a legacy of faith for the ages. Merry Christmas, indeed! 

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called Children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

                                                                                 All of you for All of Christmas!

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