FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21                      HEBREWS 10:32-39                                   NORMA LIVELY
32 But remember the earlier days, after you saw the light. You stood your ground while you were suffering from an enormous
amount of pressure. 33 Sometimes you were exposed to insults and abuse in public. Other times you became partners with
those who were treated that way. 34 You even showed sympathy toward people in prison and accepted the confiscation of your
possessions with joy, since you knew that you had better and lasting possessions. 35 So don’t throw away your confidence—it
brings a great reward. 36 You need to endure so that you can receive the promises after you do God’s will. 37 In a little while
longer, the one who is coming will come and won’t delay; 38 but my righteous one will live by faith, and my whole being
won’t be pleased with anyone who shrinks back. 39 But we aren’t the sort of people who timidly drawback and end up being
destroyed. We’re the sort of people who have faith so that our whole beings are preserved.

The scripture today reminds us that we need to abide through affliction and abuse and not lose confidence. And by continuing
to do the will of God, we will receive our reward.
As I thought about the gifts I have received in my lifetime, I am sure I received more than I deserved. Fortunately we don’t
always get what we deserve…good or bad. I had back surgery several years ago and had to remain in bed for a length of time.
I was bored, and I felt anxious because I could not do the things that needed to be done. It was Thanksgiving and I was not able
to get up and prepare the Thanksgiving meal. A gift I remember particularly was at that time. On Thanksgiving morning a
good friend knocked on our door bearing a complete Thanksgiving dinner that she had prepared, including a cake and hot
rolls. The food was delicious and certainly appreciated, but more important than the food was the love we felt from the
thoughtfulness and caring behind this incredible gift.
Prayer: For confidence in your love and grace and to share that with others.