Sunday, December 21, 2014


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

I have noticed at work and at church a popular catch-phrase “we need to tell our story.” To me that implies you have to be a good story teller. I am not! In fact, I am quite envious of story tellers. I have a good friend that can make going to the grocery store sound like an adventure.

But what the Lord showed me as I started to panic about writing this devotional is that I am something every good story teller needs: a good listener. When I listen to someone’s story, whether it is happy, sad, adventurous, or scary it is often to teach or uplift me in some way. Then I take the core of that story to God in prayer and he listens. By his divine plan of giving different gifts to each of us, whether story teller or listener, we can bring our joys and concerns full circle and back to God for his good purpose.

The Christmas Story is told in so many beautiful ways: the reading of the story from the Bible, acted out in a children’s program, or sung in a beautiful musical cantata. We never tire of hearing the story of Christ’s birth because we never tire of hearing how much God loves us and wants us to share that love with all who will listen.

Pam Ohlendorf

Prayer: Lord, It is such a comfort to experience the Christmas Story each year. Help us never to forget your love in all that we experience. Amen.