Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Birthday | Guy L. PaceWell, Happy Birthday to me, anyway.

I know we celebrate our nation’s birth with the signing of The Declaration of Independence on July 4. Actually the delegates endorsed it on July 2, 1776. Congress adopted it on July 4, 1776. So, this little celebration I’m launching will cover these days–which includes my own birthday.

July 3 is an important date throughout history. For example:

  • 1035, William the Conqueror became Duke of Normandy;
  • 1863, Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg;
  • 1890, Idaho admitted to the US;
  • 1962, Jackie Robinson inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame;
  • 1996, the Stone of Scone returned to Scotland.

So, yes, there is reason to celebrate and here we go.

Still, you all are the ones getting the gifts.

First Gift

Here’s the deal. I’m making the Amazon e-book editions of Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers free ($0.00) on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Just for the one day. That’s tomorrow.

If you already have the ebooks, you can gift them to friends. You can also share this post with others. I’ll link on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, so if you are on those platforms, you can share the information there. And, please do so.

Second Gift

Carolina Dawn | Guy L. PaceThe Amazon e-book edition of Carolina Dawn goes on sale–a countdown sale–starting today. It starts at $0.99, shifts to $1.99 later on July 3, then goes back to the regular price of $2.99 at midnight on July 4. That’s Pacific Daylight Time, if you’re in another time zone.

If you already have it, again, you can gift it to others at these prices. As above, share this on the social media of your choice.

Reviews

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m always trying to find more reviews for Spirit Missions books. If you take advantage of this celebration, please take a few minutes to post a review or rating on Amazon. Anything helps.

So, let the celebration begin!

Keep writing.

 

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

Sacrifice | Guy L. PaceThis is the day we celebrate and commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a unique event in that the birth also heralded the sacrifice. The story of the Savior’s birth fills the airwaves with songs and music at Christmastime.

But, why does it also herald the sacrifice?

The wise men of the east, described in the second chapter of Matthew (New King James Version), “opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” These men knew of the prophecy regarding the Messiah.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 NKJV

But why did they bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

Gold

Gold, of course, is a gift for royalty–especially in the time depicted in the New Testament. They gave a gift appropriate to a new king. Joseph and Mary were not rich, so the gift of gold for their child would be a very large blessing. Chances are, it made their escape from Herod and into Egypt–and their later return to Nazareth–feasible.

Frankincense

A resin from hardy Boswellia plants native to Yemen and Somalia, frankincense became the consecrated incense used in the Jewish temples. Described in Malachi 1:11, frankincense is a pure offering to God and a symbol of holiness and righteousness.

Myrrh

Like frankincense, myrrh is another resin extracted from tough thorny plants from India, Arabia, and tropical Africa, and used for perfumes, medicines, and incense. Hebrews used myrrh to consecrate temples, and as an anointing oil. In the case of Jesus, after his crucifixion, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea wrapped the body in “strips of linen” soaked with aloe and myrrh.

Knowing the prophecy, the wise men knew the infant Jesus would one day be that final, perfect sacrifice for all of us. These  gifts reflected that knowledge.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Understanding God’s love–so great a love–is difficult for many of us. Where does it come from? Why? So many of us have trouble wrapping our brain cells around the concept. This is a paradox, because we have many examples of sacrificial behavior modeled for us throughout our history.

Anyone who serves in the military or as first responders (fire, police, aid) model the behavior of sacrifice all too often. Read the citations for Medal of Honor recipients or walk through Arlington National Cemetery (see image above). You’ll get an idea of the kind of love and devotion held in the hearts of people willing to serve and sacrifice for their fellows.

Now, look to God. Try to imagine the vast love it would take to sacrifice His son, a part of Himself, for us. In all this vast universe that He created, on this tiny planet circling a star in a solar system on the outer fringes of one of millions of galaxies–so totally insignificant in the scale of things–and He has this powerful love for us.

Mind boggling.

Keep the faith.

Keep writing.