December 24

Read: ISAIAH 62:6-12

The Israelites stood up on the far side of Red Sea and danced. They danced to God’s glory and recounted God’s mighty acts on their behalf. They breathed in the fresh air of freedom and exhaled the years of slavery.

When it became clear to me that God was moving us away from the valley and home I loved, I cried. “You gave me this home!” I sobbed.

“You don’t have to sell,” God assured me. “You can rent and return.”

“Renters in my house?” I asked.

“Give it up,“ God said.

We gave away or sold most of our possessions. We raised 100 percent of our own financial needs and placed our home in the care of a rental agency. When we returned after five years, the house stood intact. It was clean to the corners of the garage and didn’t even need new paint! I saw how God protected his gift.

He also worked in my heart to be much more comfortable with sharing our home and our downsized possessions. Freedom!

Thank you, God, for what you give and what you take away. AMEN.

About the Author

Alice Lee | Arriving at the “gold mountain” at seven years old as a “stranger and alien” and taking ESL in my adopted homeland, I found my home and true inheritance when I entered into the eternal life relationship with Jesus (John 17:3) at the age of thirteen and gave my life to him. I had the privilege of being the first in my family to finish college, earning a BA in psychology. Then I went on to receive a master’s degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. I am immensely blessed to partner in life and ministry with my husband, Ed, for the past thirty-six years. Together with our children (Matthew, Melissa, and Anthony Emerson) we serve at Mosaic—an intentionally diverse church— in Sugar Land, Texas, so that we the church reflect the one triune God and his heart for all people. When free, I’m learning to be nana to our granddaughter, Zoe Grace, or growing our garden.

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