The Light of the World is waiting

This time of year we hear the carols, we see the red and the green, we smell the evergreens, our mouths are feasting on great food and if we are lucky we touch the snow.

All of our senses are involved in the experience that is Christmas.

Our emotions, however, can hold sway on our perspective and can cause us to miss out on the most important thing about Christmas: Jesus.

We can walk around in the darkness of loneliness, sadness, grief, missed joy, loveless, pain, loss, despair, depression, anger, frustration, jealousy and a host of other things that come to mind.

We do not see. We walk in blindness caused by our own hearts when we fail to hear the Good News of the Gospel because of the cacophony in our brains that interferes with the simple message.

Jesus is here.

He is the Light of the World.

He came for us.

All of us.

Let Him be your Light this Christmas.

Come and See.

The Newborn King awaits.

Bring Him your darkness

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Come into the light.

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5, 9-14 NIV

On the First Day of Christmas

Yes, I know I’ve been off for a while. Grands and all, you know how it is, chasing after ’em all over the place, and then there was the prep and the cooking and thanking and the eating and the football games(i crawled off to read) and then there was recovery time (for 20 minutes) before the Christmas decorations came out of the closet. And…it started all over again only this time with the musical score to spur me on to pay attention to what is really meaningful in life. God’s message, Gabriel’s announcement, Mary’s acceptance, Joseph’s acceptance, Jesus’ birth, the angels singing. Nothing would have meaning without this singular moment in time. Without a birth there could be no death, no atonement for our sin,  no resurrection, no realization that He’s alive, no redemption, no telling others, no life eternal. 

 Our Redemption draws near. 

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory—the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John testified about him and shouted out, “This one was the one about whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than I am, because he existed before me.’” For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.  John 1:14-18

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And so, it begins, grace and truth through Jesus and He alone makes God known to us.  The music of this season is so rich in truth and beauty as we prepare our hearts to welcome Him. Let the message in the music fill you full-up to the top and running over.

Walking a Tightrope

There are days I sit after posting on the blog that I wait. I look at my phone frequently if I’m not home; if I’m home on my computer, I watch for the little banner that shows there’s new mail. I’m watching for the notification that tells me someone has visited/commented on the blog. You see, that’s the only way we bloggers have to know that we are not writing to Blogging Limbo that someone is actually reading what we wrote. There are also times when I’ve posted and there’s not one comment and I think: ‘Oh, gee, I was right all along. I really have nothing to say to anyone. It’s not worth it. I’m gonna eat a big fat worm and die.’  And then-there are other days that I set that post out there and just release it and let it go and never think twice about responses or worth or the post for that matter. Because I had to write.

I am walking a tightrope. I lean first one way then the other. 

I seek affirmation. As I heard someone say recently: “I’m an affirmation junkie, my cup has a crack in it and I’m always wanting it refilled”. It’s not praise I’m looking for, I just want to know that I’m on the right track; that my writing is not so far out there that you need a ride on the space shuttle to get it. 

The posts that sit out there like overripe fruit on the vine and nothing happens, the times I think that this is the best thing I’ve ever written and dead space is all I see- I must admit are a challenge to my understanding and my sense of worth at times.

Then there are moments I know that it says just what it’s supposed to say.  The days when I’m not concerned about reaching just anyone, the day when I hear that whisper to my heart- “That’s what I wanted you to say. There’s one person out there that needs to read this; I’ll get her there, you just post it.” 

 

If you are a writer, I know you know exactly the feelings I’m talking about. If you are a reader, you know this happens throughout life, too.  The compelling thing is that we humans need feedback, whether it’s a smile, a bear hug from our little critters, a note, a message, a text, an email, or just a look. We all want that from our fellow humans; I think we look for that from others to justify our existence as members of the human race.

As believers, it can be very difficult to walk that tightrope in the upright position. We are pulled by media, friends, a desire for worth, pride. So many things. We want recognition for a job well done. Otherwise, our self worth ends up in the tank of “I don’t deserve anything”. When we look to the world we are pulled off balance one way or the other. The reality is that God’s purpose for us is neither tons of praise nor the depths of worthlessness.

It’s when we focus on Jesus that we find we don’t lean more one direction or the other. Our worth, our affirmation, our identity is in Him. He keeps us balanced. The challenge and opportunity we see before us is there all the time.  For me, the challenge is to constantly check what I’m writing with the Holy Spirit; to not go off on a tangent, a rant, or climb up on the soapbox (ok, ok, you can stop laughing now).  The opportunity? To see the gift He’s given me put to use the way He desires.

How’s it going on your tightrope?

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10

 

 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17