DAY 7 - DECEMBER 2ND, 2018

Gifts for the Gospel

Terri Waugh

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
— Galatians 4:4-5

As a young girl, I began writing stories and poems. I was an avid reader, and I developed a broad vocabulary and a love for words. Writing was a means of escaping the sometimes turbulent events of the ‘50s and ‘60s. These were troubled times for our nation: the civil rights movement; the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X; Vietnam; and the Sexual Revolution. They were also very troubling times for me as I tried to understand the physical and emotional changes I was experiencing personally as well as the societal upheaval taking place around me. My writing provided an outlet, a way to express my thoughts and feelings.

Years later, as a young wife and mother, I found that the events of everyday living provided ample tinder to spark my writing. The process of stowing away the profusion of toys after my children were in bed for the night would produce a rhythmic stream of prose to describe the chore ahead of me;

“There’s a bat and a ball, a hat and a doll on the floor in every room of my house. There’s a bear with one eye, a plane that won’t fly, and the tail off of Squeaky the mouse…..”  

A lover’s spat would send me spiraling into the depths of poetic gloom over my feelings of unrequited love;

“Oh, Lord, why is love filled with so much hurt and pain? Will angry words and salty tears forevermore remain? ...”

For a while I thought writing would be my path to fame and fortune. Recently I shared my unfulfilled dream--to become a rich and famous published author--with the women of my discussion group. I was reminded that although I may not be rich and famous, God has been using my gift to reach out in love to those whom He lays on my heart. Each day the Holy Spirit gives me a little prayer. They almost always rhyme, for some reason. I send these prayers, via text message, to those who may need a word of encouragement, comfort, or strength for the day.

In Galatians 4:4-5, Paul reminds us that all things will be accomplished in the fullness of God’s time, because His timing for our lives is perfect. When God gave us the most precious gift of His son, the world was experiencing a new low in spiritual and moral degradation. The hunger and longing for the promised Messiah was clearly evident. The time for the coming of Christ and the spread of the Gospel had come. 

As you celebrate this most joyous advent season, remember that the gifts God gives us are not meant to be used for our material gain but to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to lead others to Him. When the world was perfectly prepared for God’s work, God gave us the gift of His Son, Jesus, at just the right time in His redemptive plan.

Question to Consider:

How can you be intentional in fulfilling the responsibility of using your spiritual gifts?

AdventJocie Morganadvent, 2018