Monday, December 21, 2020


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 11-12

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Photographed from Migdal you can see Mount Arbel on the left and the Valley of Doves, which is on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. Just beyond are the Horns of Hattin where on Saturday, July 4, 1187, the war between the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem and the forces of the Ayyubid dynasty was fought. The Muslim armies under Saladin captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces, removing their capability to wage war. As a direct result of the battle, Islamic forces once again became the eminent military power in the Holy Land, re-conquering Jerusalem and several other Crusader-held cities.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Deuteronomy 11:11b & 12

A land of hills and valleys which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.


Migdal, mentioned in the picture caption, is the home of Mary Magdalene, the one to whom Jesus first appeared after His resurrection (John 20:11-18). She is a great example of the care Jesus has for people. God also cares for the land. We’re almost at the year end. Canada’s official motto is, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea,” “Ad mare usque ad mare” (Psalm 72:8). As we approach the new year, we may want to reflect on the motivation for our obedience to God. Are we motivated by fear or love? For Mary of Migdal, out of whom Jesus had cast demons, it was love that brought her back to the garden tomb. Because of love she stayed close to Jesus as He carried His Cross. Psalm 103:13 & 14 tells us that, “as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear [hold in awesome reverence] Him. He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust.” Are we, like Mary, confused and sorrowful? Peter writes, “Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).


Dear Lord, in these days leading up to the New Year, I ask You to increase my faith, so that I am totally confident that You care for me every day of the year. As I look back over this past year, You have cared for everything about me! Thank You! Amen!


It was on this day in 2012, according to the Mayan calendar, that the world was supposed to end. Remember that? Ephesians 3:21 says, “…world without end. Amen!” Yes, there will come a time of cataclysmic change. For Peter’s perspective on the Mayan prediction I’ve just read 2 Peter 3:1-18. I know God cares, and He’s also in charge of whatever happens to this world. The last few words of our key verse are worthy of repetition… “The eyes of the Lord are always on it [the land] from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” As we approach the end of the year, I’m living in total confidence in the providential care of our Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Healer, Saviour, and Lord of All.

Yours for a renewed confidence in God’s care,


11 thoughts on “Monday, December 21, 2020

  1. Beautiful photo; thank you Reynold. Thank You God for being our rock and our strength. We have a full month lock down coming this week in Southern Ontario. Stay safe, fellow saints in the Lord. His blessings be upon you, today.

    “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:32-33 ESV

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    • God will take care of you during this pandemic and His will must be done. God bless you and all bloggers this Christmas season.

  2. Wishing all a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

    I read all comments and pray for all your requests.
    Thank you for praying for my husband Joseph. He finished radiation treatments on December 14 and is also off the Chemo pills until sometime in January. Please continue to pray for complete healing….a miracle. Thank you so much!
    May you all be blessed!

  3. “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.”

    Father, You are the Everlasting One. Your Word has always been and will always be True. Please help Your people everywhere to follow You. Speak to all Your children everywhere, and let them know You are there. Your Word brings Truth, correction, encouragement, healing, faith, strength, peace, rest, and direction, and we praise You for that. Give Your people discernment to know what is right and what is wrong, and help each one to choose the right. Save and deliver those who think they can dabble in sin. Bless all Your workers, Lord – may they be like Gideon, mighty in You. May Your gospel go out to every corner of this world, freely and clearly, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  4. Amen to every comment & prayer above.
    Remembering each prayer request on the blog,
    that our Lord Jesus Christ’s Will be done, in His Holy Name, Amen.

  5. Agreeing with David definitely – Lord increase my faith. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Be strong folks over the Christmas holidays. Blessings on all, especially Luisa and Joseph. May we know HIM and the power of HIS might. Amen.

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