Yet From the Manger Bed

text and photo by Elizabeth Fulgaro copyright 2020

Christmas Devotion and a Prayer–reflecting on how it was and how we are to be.

Silent night, holy night. All is calm….But was it? Regular life in Bethlehem had likely not ceased, but was processing and progressing around the Holy Family. Most, completely unaware than a miracle was underway.

God was coming tangibly and practically to us to show us His way and make the Way Himself. Completely. And it came to pass that Mary gave birth to a Son because it was the fullness of time. Angels palpated at His birth. Angels were dispatched to call those who were least to come and adore. To let them in on the Christmas secret while the rest of the world bustled along in its regular way without a clue that the Savior of the world had been born in Bethlehem.

Here is a song called “Yet From the Manger Bed” (original Christmas worship remembering how it was for Jesus) and a Christmas time prayer:

PRAYER: Holy, holy, Lord, please help us not to miss You in our everyday. Please help us not to be consumed by our focus on here and now. Please be over us and surround us so that in our here and now, we are reminded at all times that this is a moment to live for you on earth as in heaven because Jesus came and ushered in Your kingdom. Teach us to live You way. The way of love which is different from the squishy, fluffy love to which most of us are accustomed here. Teach us how to hear Your Spirit, take courage and follow. Help us to know better how to live lives which are worshiping You at all times. In our heart of hearts. And in how we let Your Spirit flow through You in Spirit-inspired and empowered acts to a hungry and thirsty world. Thank You for coming. Thank You for showing us how to live and how to die. Thank You for rising so we can follow. Thank You for Spirit so here we are not alone. Thank You for Your promise to lead us and use us for Your purposes now until You take us home. And that someday which only You know, the end will come and we will all be reunited in heaven the way You always intended. So delightful to be Your child! Thank you! Thank You, LOVE! In the name of Father, Son and Spirit amen! ❤🎶🌲🔥👑

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Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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