I co-wrote a Christmas devotional.
We signed with a publisher.
Our book is available for purchase.
Now that I have stated the obvious and very exciting news, I would like to address a question I’m certain some people might have, especially people that know me. In fact, I am pondering this question as well. Here it is:
Why am I qualified to write a devotional book?
I’m more than happy to address this reasonable and valid question. And you might be surprised, but my answer will only require two tiny words. Here we go.
I am not qualified to write a devotional book.
I haven’t been to seminary.
I don’t have an English degree*.
I am a sinner**.
There, I said it. I am a sinner. In fact, I’m sorry to say that I have been a sinner my entire life. I’ve sinned during all my yesterdays, I have sinned today, and God help me, I will sin again tomorrow. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever spent time with me; I can actually hear some of you snickering even as you read.
While the reality of my shortcomings makes me unbelievably sad and often I feel ashamed and even defeated, there is good news. I am something else besides a sinner, something much more important: I am forgiven.
I am forgiven.
Of all the unacceptable things I’ve thought, said, or done over time, each and every one of these things is forgiven. I believe I am forgiven because of Jesus, God’s Son, who came to Earth in the form of a man, was killed by crucifixion as prophesied, and rose from the dead after three days. Because of His life, death, and resurrection, my sin is erased and I am now welcome at the throne of God forever. What an enormous relief! There’s so much joy and freedom in experiencing the love of Jesus and having a relationship with Him.
But I’m not here to preach. I’m here to admit that the only thing that qualifies me to write a devotional book is my belief in and love for Jesus Christ, God’s Son, my Savior.
That’s it. That’s all I have.
So please know that while I feel woefully unqualified to have co-authored this book, I am grateful to have the privilege of sharing the comfort, hope, and promises of Jesus through CHRISTMAS MATTERS – How The Birth of Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day. We invite you to join us beginning December 1 as we celebrate a Christmas season filled with the love of Christ.
*However, I did win the 9th grade English award thanks to my teacher, Ms. Kling. So there’s that.
**My co-author Anna gave me permission to reveal that she, also, is a sinner.
To learn more about CHRISTMAS MATTERS or to purchase the book, visit our website ChristmasMattersBook.