In our culture there seems to be an acceptance, and growing promotion of, arrogance or haughtiness. We see it in certain athletes, politicians, radio personalities, and many of those who are held-up as the "ones in the know.
Naomi's husband and sons have died. Naomi is bitter and heartbroken. Naomi tells her daughters-in-law to pack up and leave. There is no reason for them to stay with her. Naomi can see no hope for the future.
During this time of year, we hear many songs that refer to who Jesus was at His birth. Immanuel; Prince of Peace; Wonderful Counselor; Almighty God; etc.
In and of themselves, each tells us something about the child born in Bethlehem.
One of the most precious commodities we have, whether we are young or old, is time.
It is a safe assumption to say that what we see as important is defined by the time we give to it. Those things that are important we give our time to.
We live in a world of hurting people. People, like you and me, who have made bad choices and now live with the consequences - broken hearts, homes, relational scars, guilt and shame. People who long for forgiveness, a new heart, and a new start in life.
Woodrow Gleeson once said, "It has been said a (child) is not likely to find a Father in God unless he/she finds something of God in (their) father."
A Bible schoolteacher asked her class to draw a picture of God for her.