We Lift Him Up! – A blog post for Thrive Advocates

Posted on: December 13, 2013 Written by
We Lift Him Up! – A blog post for Thrive Advocates
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Advent has begun and we are anticipating the celebration of Christ’s birth. While we decorate our homes, sing Christmas carols, wrap presents, and spend time with loved ones, some of us are also preparing to serve in February at the next retreat for global women and some are remembering past retreats.  We serve at the retreats with hope we will encourage the attendees and with hearts full of worship for the King of Kings. Our service, as simple as it is, lifts up our Savior whose birth we will soon celebrate.

Psalm 24: 7-10
Lift up your heads, O gates
and be lifted up, O ancient doors
That the King of glory may come in!

Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
The the King of glory may come in!

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.

Now, I’m not saying we’re ancient-like those doors that let the King of glory in. We  may sometimes feel ancient under the duress of jet lag-but we happily go and serve as partners with our God Who will accomplish His purpose and bring glory to Himself at our retreats. Our roles, as simple as they may be, are to set the scene for our Lord to shine His glory on the retreats. This Christmas, as we celebrate our Savior’s birth, let’s thank Him for the opportunity we have to partner with Him at the Thrive Retreats where we see Him shine His glory in and through us, and into the lives of those we go to serve.


@2013 Thrive

About the author

Linda Swanson serves with Paraclete as a member care provider, retreat speaker and spiritual director. She comes alongside global workers to help them be effective in life and ministry. Via Skype, Linda provides spiritual direction for global workers. With her husband, Kevin, Linda served for 28 years with MAF, both overseas as a pilot/mechanic family and at headquarters in administration and member care. During eight of those years, she helped direct Fairhaven Ministries, a retreat center for clergy and global workers. Now, Linda lives in Englewood, New Jersey where her husband is a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Their two children are married and they have two grandsons.

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