By Randy C. Davis
President and executive director, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board
Just yesterday, a friend showed me the gift he’d gotten his mother for Christmas. It’s unique, encouraging and it will surprise her socks off. Few people have seen the gift he’s giving and I’m so excited about it because I know she’ll love it. I wish I could share what it is, but I can’t. It’s a secret.
Christmas is a time for secrets.
My favorite Christmas story involves a secret. Luke 2:25-26 reads, “ And behold there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him, and it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
During a period of spiritual dryness in the life of God’s people, this faithful servant maintained the worship rituals embracing the sure word of the Lord that the long-awaited Christ would soon arrive. Heaven would be invading earth. The expectancy of the promise filled this faithful servant’s heart with hope. [Read more…]