Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Good News

The apology notes were handed out to us all at the same time. My husband, my son, my daughter-in-law, and I began reading the personal words written to each of us. The silence filled the room as tears filled our eyes. Passing the kleenex box around, a pleasant awareness arose within us all—our daughter, sister, sister-in-law had figuratively “come home.” 

For four seemingly endless years God received my prayers for my prodigal daughter. Even though the circumstances appeared hopeless, my Heavenly Father God continually soothed my grieving heart. And oh, what pain my sorrowful heart endured. Each Christmas brought dread instead of joy. When the five of us gathered together as families tend to do over Christmas, tensions built, arguments ensued, and misery occurred. Whether we were together or apart, the suffering within my heart continued throughout the year until the next dreaded holiday. Life felt terrible for four years until Christmas 2008 when we unexpectedly received the handwritten apology letters. We praised God for new life.

As the tears subsided over the return of our daughter, our son and daughter-in-law handed us a gift. My husband let me open it and inside we discovered a positive pregnancy test. Oh my—a grandchild! The flood gates opened and we passed the kleenex box around again. And again we praised God for new life.

The good news overwhelmed me. My years of mourning suddenly became a celebration. The realization of a restored relationship with my daughter blessed me beyond belief. Then to discover that our future held a double blessing in the birth of a grandchild—what a blessing!

New life—at some point we’ve all celebrated it. Over two thousand years ago, a new life was celebrated by Mary and Joseph, the angels, shepherds, and wise men. Jesus was born and the good news spread. I’m confident that happy tears flowed. Those who knew the word of God realized that the long-awaited Messiah had come. God kept His promise (as He always does, on His own time schedule). 

New life arrived from heaven to earth to fulfill God’s Word. New life arrived from heaven to earth to live with humanity. New life arrived from heaven to earth to ransom captives. New life arrived from heaven to earth to restore relationships. Praise God for new life. Praise God for Jesus!

Receive the good news. Celebrate new life this Christmas. Celebrate Jesus. No matter if your situations are filled with dread or full of joy, celebrate! God is faithful to His promises. He will answer your prayers and you will experience new life in Him! Praise God for new life! 

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30 (NIV)
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25 (NIV)
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2:10 (NIV)
“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” Acts 5:20 (NIV)
Thank you, Lord God, for your Word. Thank you for the birth of your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you that we can celebrate the good news of new life. We praise you for new life! In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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