Day 17

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – which is your spiritual worship.”  (Romans 12:1)

         While I was working on these thoughts for Christmas, a friend sent me a humorous e-mail of the names of hymns if they were titled as we really live them.  Included were things like, “Take My Life and Let Me Be,” “Fill My Spoon, Lord,” and “I Surrender Some.”  Chuckling, I went back to read the Christmas story again.  I ready about Mary’s visit by an angel whose news declared her to be “highly favored,” and whose life afterward became scandalous.  I read about Joseph, who delayed his family plans and accepted the responsibility of raising God’s son.  I flipped through the pages of my Bible, noticing how many lives were completely re-routed in order to continue the message of God’s incredible love for us:  the disciples forfeiting their trade for a call; Stephen dying for his beliefs; Paul risking his life to share the story of his conversion.  And the story has continued through the ages, even today…people living the correct hymn titles; person after person making room at Christmas and beyond for the Christ Child; individuals praying, “I Surrender ALL,” and letting the change in their lives be a part of God’s changing the world.  Lord, help us to give all of ourselves to You.  Make our lives living sacrifices so that we might be a part of Your change in this world.

Humor can be poignant.  Flip through the hymnal and think about how songs would be titled according to your life.