The lame beggar lay near what was known as the Beautiful Gate, indicating the beauty of its workmanship and material. The temple had gates on all sides, nine in total, each beautifully covered with silver and gold.
Olives and olive trees were important in Bible times and Scripture, providing food, ointment, illumination, and in the making of soap. And the olive tree is a most amazing tree!
We who are God’s children should be the most joyful of all people! Psalm 100 tells us to “serve the Lord with gladness.” And we are also told to rejoice always, giving thanks in all in things.
The road often seems long and hard, doesn’t it? And not understanding why, we start to grumble and complain. (Come on, please tell me I’m not the only one!) We forget that life in Christ is a journey in which God calls us to keep going further up and further in with him.
It starts earlier and earlier every year, the hype and commercialism. Christmas stuff and Halloween gore side-by-side in stores. Ads, articles, commercials and movies all conspiring, seemingly, to make us think we’re missing out on the perfect Christmas.
As this year draws toward its finish, I’d like to ask you a question. How has it treated you? It was a tough year worldwide with all the natural disasters, crime, and violence. And perhaps you, like many, faced personal difficulty like unemployment, the loss of a loved one, or severe health issues.