Night Whispers Devotional

December 23rd

Dream word – FORGIVE

Ephesians 4:31-32

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” NKJV

Hook’s ‘Pure Poison’ or ‘Le Jardin Da’Amour?’

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Order of Merit, was the Scottish novelist best remembered for creating Peter Pan! The ninth of ten children, JM Barrie was just six years of age when his mother’s favourite son, James, on the eve of his fourteenth birthday, died in a skating accident. His mother never got over this loss and spent the remaining 29 years of her life in deep depression, her only consolation being that her lost boy, would always remain a child. One time when the novelist entered her room, and heard his mother say “Is that you?” he knew it was the dead boy she was hoping to see and so he replied in a very little, lonely, rejected and dejected voice, “No, it's no' him, it's just me.” All of this had such a profound impact on Barrie, that he himself never grew much beyond five foot! It would appear that J.M. Barrie was very familiar with malice, jealousy and disappointment. It resided in his stunted bones.

So, with that interesting and opening thought, let's get back to Christmas time and how to further avoid Satan’s Claws, that old devil pirate captain’s hook..

Remember last night, that I counselled you in over-extending yourself in both expenditure and expectation. Now remember you must not do this, because as soon as you find that it is neither appreciated nor reciprocated and worst of all, does not have the desired effect, then a poison will build in the red corner of your eye!

Jason Isaacs plays the character of Captain Hook in the 2003 PJ Hogan version of Peter Pan starring a very young Jeremy Sumpter. The screenplay records that Captain Hook tried to take Peter Pan’s life by poisoning that his medicine, by corrupting that which should have been good for him. “Lest he should be taken alive, Hook always carried upon his person a dreadful poison distilled when he was weeping from the red of his eye. A mixture of malice, jealousy and disappointment, it was instantly fatal and without antidote.” Did you get that? This poisonous mixture is instantaneously fatal to any relationship and to your own heart in particular.

I tell you, if you want to increase in stature this Christmas, if you want to stop the stunting rot settling into your bones, especially around your loved ones, then you had better empty out that poison you have secretly carried hidden away in your pocket for all these many a year, and dab on your welcoming cheeks, some fragrance of free and tender forgiveness, some love from the Garden of God, that very best perfume of Christmas time. Tell me, which fragrance will you be wearing this coming Christmas Eve?

Listen: Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,  if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV

Pray: Lord, help me not to neither poison nor disembowel myself or others this Christmas time, in Jesus name I ask it, amen.

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