The Friday Five: 12/18/20

  1. Happy Friday, friend! With just two posts until the end of The Friday Five and only one week until Christmas, Erin Davis’ latest devotional feels incredibly timely today. “Christmas seems to be getting shorter,” she says. “Life has a way of speeding up as the years go on. But that is not the case in the heavenly realm. The truest realities of Christmas are never diminished, no matter how many years we celebrate them.” In this post for She Reads Truth, Erin gives us two words to add to the chain of Christmas truths we can hang on our hearts in this season. (Spoiler alert: those two words are taken from one of my favorite verses, Psalm 146:6: “He remains faithful forever.”) For more Bible-based goodness from Erin Davis, go ahead and subscribe to her new podcast, The Deep Well, which launches in January.
  1. For the last few days, I’ve found myself returning to this warm hug of a post from Glenna Marshall—my prayer is that it will comfort your heart as well. “Jesus didn’t abandon us after the cross and the empty tomb,” writes Glenna. “He is always God with us . . . He wasn’t just Immanuel in Bethlehem. He wasn’t just Immanuel walking by the Sea of Galilee. He wasn’t just Immanuel to the hungry crowds or the twelve disciples. He was Immanuel then, and He is Immanuel still. He is with us. He is Immanuel when you are afraid of what next year holds. He is Immanuel when the diagnosis is dire. He is Immanuel when you have to celebrate Christmas all alone. He is Immanuel when your spouse has left you. He is Immanuel when you’ve lost a beloved family member. He is Immanuel when the foster child can’t stay, when the budget is too tight, when the job might come to end, when the cancer has come back. Nothing can separate you from His love, Christian. And nothing will keep Him from being with you.” Amen. Merry Christmas!

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at www.apatientprocess.com with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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