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“Great Day” Monday 11/28/2022
Christmas, a time we catch a glimpse of the world not as it is, but as it could be.
Change begins in each heart.
We need only look around us to capture the spirit of the season, and then share it with others, not just today but the whole year through.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “If Every Day Could Be Christmas” by 98 Degrees.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 11/27/2022
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The Chapel Quotes
“Every one of us has a story and God is writing the story of our lives. God has called each one of us to look at our family’s story and build something great. Building a legacy of hope means applying God’s grace to past failures and sins. Christ is what holds your family together. God’s grace is the dream maker. We cannot accomplish anything without God’s grace. God’s grace is sufficient to change our lives. With God’s grace in our lives we can create any legacy we want that is hopeful and joyful and peaceful.”
“We need to change the narrative in all our family trees. Let today be the day to change that narrative. We have a choice to follow Christ or not. We must prioritize the spiritual over the physical. We need to get honest with God. God’s grace cannot work in our lives if we are living a life of deception and dishonesty.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Growth in Stillness” by Charles Harrell Johnson, III of West Chicago, Illinois, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, LITV)
“I need some time alone, Mom.”
I trudged off to my room, shoulders tense and face drawn. I didn’t want to think about what just happened. The spark that caused the argument between my mother and me left emotional ashes. Meditating in a quiet place was the only thing that could bring me peace.
Light poured into my place of refuge, resting on the comforter and pillows. The sight of organized wardrobes, cabinets, and tables lifted my spirits. I took a deep breath, admiring the gorgeous view of the trees outside. My eyes drifted toward my faithful reading chair, and I accepted its warm invitation.
As I leaned back, I felt the peaceful stillness of the Holy Spirit wash over me. My shoulders softened, and my face glowed like the sun’s rays. I opened my Bible and read some of my favorite verses. I sensed a new maturity growing within me, one that would help me love my mother even during the hardest of times.
The nation of Israel also experienced trials. Enemy nations surrounded them and fought them frequently. Their cities were plundered and burned, while the inhabitants were either killed or captured as slaves. Peace seemed impossible to the Israelites, yet the Lord revealed to them an inner peace that comforts beyond understanding.
Whenever we face trials that we don’t understand, it is often very difficult to have “quiet time”with God. However, God makes it easy; all we must do is rest in His unchanging commitment to strengthen us whenever we are distressed. He will always meet us where we are. “Be still,” He says, “and know that I am God.”
Prayer: Lord, help me focus my heart and mind on You wherever I am. Help me cultivate stillness in my heart in the midst of my loud and turbulent surroundings.
Book Review 11/23/2022
This Book Review is by Katrine Melika from Cleveland, OH, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University in Upland, IN.
The Unhiding of Elijah Campbell: A Novel
by Kelly Flanagan
InterVarsity Press, PB, 309 pages
From their first interaction, Elijah Campbell has been hiding information from his crush and future wife, Rebecca. This continues even during their marriage as Elijah piles burden after burden on himself without communicating his struggles to Rebecca. He secretly falls into debt, demotivation, and a poor mental state, and although he succeeds in keeping his secrets, Rebecca gradually concludes that Elijah is hiding his real self from her. Because of this, she leaves, taking Sarah, their young daughter, with her. Even Elijah’s therapist decides that they should stop meeting until Elijah can be honest with himself and others. This leads Elijah on a journey to his hometown of Bradford’s Ferry, filled with a colorful cast of characters. The most notable of Bradford’s Ferry residents, Elijah’s mother, harbors similar trauma symptoms to Elijah and retains much of the friction in their relationship from Elijah’s younger years.
Flanagan quickly has readers fall in love with Rebecca and Elijah’s relationship and a fondness for Elijah’s persistence before we sense something is amiss. Elijah’s point of view is strongly portrayed in the reflective style of writing and in his interactions with the setting around him. Some characters can be slightly stereotypical, but they serve the story well by sparking realizations in Elijah. The plot is paced well despite moving through a long period of time for 309 pages and gives readers time to reflect on the situation as well as high-conflict scenes that hold and create tension.
This novel adds a unique perspective to the conversation tackling how to journey through a dark point of your life with a Christian outlook. It offers new ways of reflecting and dealing with trauma and pain that Elijah uses to overcome his destructive behavior. But the author acknowledges that even afterward, some people can relapse into harmful patterns of thought. Flanagan respects his readers by not shying away from difficult situations and topics, which makes the novel that much more important.
The book is for Christians who have an interest in psychology and are not dissuaded by the raw narration and darker tone of the novel and anyone attempting to understand a low point in someone’s faith. It connects our psychology to our Christian faith and shows the impact of a healthy worldview. The novel does cover themes like suicide, drunkenness, and divorce. Suicide, especially, becomes a personal topic for the main character.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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