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Day After Christmas

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

The day after Christmas is a day of broken toys, opened boxes, torn packages, thread and ribbons galore, the surprises all over, “thank you’s” all said. A long time coming and so soon gone! But, when Jesus Christ is born in our hearts, there are no sad days after, no waiting a year, no putting away the “thank you’s” for another twelve months. Every day is Christmas when the Savior lives within, the same today as yesterday. Each day brings fresh gifts from above, not a holiday but a holy day. And we are not merely the recipients, we give because He gave, we love because He loved, and we want to share Him with everybody. Once-a-year Christmas on the calendar is precious, but there is no “day after” when we can say, “Christ liveth in me.”

by Vance Havner

God’s Geography

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

He brought me forth also into a large place. Psalm 18:19

It may be only a pin-point on the map but if it is the Lord’s place for us, it is a large place. God’s geography does not read like ours. His ways are not our ways and His standards of greatness and success are foolish to this world. An obscure country church, even the bedroom of an invalid, may be a great place if it is the place of His will and lit with His presence.

And anywhere we may go, it is a large place if God be with us.

To me remains nor place nor time;
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.

Madame Guyon found that God makes the place. Watch your harassed tourist trying to get away from it all. Alas, it matters not where he goes, he has to take himself along and there lies the problem. But

All scenes alike engaging prove
To souls impressed with sacred love.

Blessed is he who travels by God’s geography. With him a stone pillow in a strange land may mark the house of God and the gate to heaven.

by Vance Havner