The real message

Dear friends,

I’m was trying to come up with a prayer & audio for the holiday season, but it’s not coming out. So I’m just going to share what I’m feeling today.

Here we go….

We all know about the significance of Christmas and the New Year, but the holidays are stressful, aren’t they?

I see a lot of people suffering during these times. There’s so much pressure from all sides it seems. It’s not always from bad intentions, but the stress appears.

During this time of festivity, why are we sometimes sad?

I think a lot of it has to do with being busy and overwhelmed. Or missing someone we’ve lost.

It also has to do with high expectations that our reality can never live up to. We want the perfect holiday moment, but it always seems to fall short. Sometimes it’s even a disaster.

Isn’t that the story of our lives?

But the thing is, we actually set our sights too low. That’s right.

We actually should look for more. Look higher.

What do I mean by this?

Many times we desire an earthly perfection that forever escapes us. We see our miseries and the misery of others. And we don’t like it. We don’t like the pain.

Instead, we should remember and know a heavenly perfection awaits us.

Jesus waits for us.

The promise of God is real. Don’t let our fallen reality darken this truth in your life.

If the holidays aren’t filling that emptiness inside, it’s because they can’t. Only the love of God can. That love is rooted in Christ.

Go back again to the basics. The birth in the manger is just the beginning. Symbolically, today, Jesus is a newborn. One. Day. Old.

And he promises you an eternity with him in heaven.

So look there. Aim higher. Rest in him.

Don’t let the worries of this world put out the yearning and fire that burns in your heart.

Your soul cries out to God. He sent his Son as an answer.

You are loved deeply by God.

That is our hope. He is our joy.

Live the promise of heaven. Today. Here. Now.

Your feet firm and solid on earth. Your heart full of the Spirit of Christ.

Your soul, free in God’s loving grace.

Peace be with you!

Keeping busy

Dear friend in Christ,

As you may have noticed, I didn’t post a Prayer & Audio this week. Still, that doesn’t mean I’m not active! As for everyone, the end of the year here is hectic. This week I’m dedicating a lot of time to our prison ministry end-of-year activities.

One of the best moments was a lunch we had with some men who have completed their prison time and are now free. They are rebuilding their families and their lives.

We broke bread, shared our struggles and victories… and gave thanks to God. What a blessing!

Please keep us in your prayers… as you are in mine every day.

Grace to you and yours,

Vincent

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I’ll get back to regular posting next week!

Testimony

Here’s a new kind of post. It’s a preview of what I’ve been working on during many mornings lately.

A message and prayer from Vincent:

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Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. 

1 Peter 5:8

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 John 5:11

At 5 for you

Last Monday, I began a new writing project. I get up at 5 a.m., pray a bit, then I begin writing whatever comes to my mind and heart. During this early morning time, I often think about you. I’m not sure when my writing will be finished, but you’ll be the first to know.

I’ll let you know how my progress goes…

Have an awesome and blessed weekend!

– Vincent

Taking a day off

Hello friends in Christ!

Today here in Argentina – and in many other countries – it’s Worker’s Day, so I’m taking the day off.

Many of you know I publish a new reflection/prayer/audio every Wednesday. Don’t worry though, tomorrow I’ll be posting — just one day late!

I want to thank and bless all those that work. It doesn’t matter if you get paid a wage or not. Many times, the unpaid work is the most important.

Remember, God sees your effort. He loves when his children do their best to serve.

Let’s pray for those who are looking for a job. May the Lord’s providence deliver dignified work to them soon.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting and praying here.

May our good God bless us abundantly!

Vincent

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