May this season of Christmas be filled with lasting peace.
The Son of Righteousness came to offer peace. May you know His peace by receiving His righteousness. May your 2018 be filled with hope in Him as you cast your gaze upon Him not on the things of this world.
Here are some spiritual development / disciple making recommendations for (last minute?) Christmas presents:
Israel, as a nation, was as big a mess as I am. Faithless, impatience leading to idolatry, etc., etc., you know what I mean, right? Hearts as dark as this cave into which we walk deeper into the darkness, just like this world…
But God spoke through Jeremiah (ch14): “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD.”
At the beginning of time God had made a promise.
John 1 describes the keeping of that promise:
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
C. S. Lewis said that we must come to a point at which we cry to God and admit that we cannot fix ourselves, we cannot turn. With this recognition, we say to Him: I can’t; You must. This turning to the light happens with His grabbing us by the shoulders and turning us to the light, filling us with the light to live a life guided by the light.
Hope in this Light!
I’ve been thinking about the angels at the birth of Jesus who exclaimed
Glory to God in the highest!
Like the angels, I think I’m safe in suggesting that the 1st best use of our speech is to praise and glorify God. And a second would be to be an encouragement to our fellows!
But, life often affects our temperament in such a way that we need a remainder. We’re still under construction after all. I received a good reminder this morning:
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29 ESV)
May our words bring light to our lives like a sunrise as the sunrise highlights the renovation of this church.
“It’s already dark.” Our 4 year old grandson lamented at dinner Saturday night. “I like the morning.”
He expressed the feeling of encroaching darkness of winter in the minds of many. (Ok, only for those in the northern hemisphere.)
Anticipation, particularly of the light, is a significant theme throughout the season of Advent. Hope is a key word in Advent. It’s not just about expecting Christmas.
In this, like every season, our celebration should be about giving God the glory that He is due in the midst of the darkness. He IS the light in the midst of encroaching darkness.
Yes, darkness can begin to overwhelm us as though we are in a dark cave.
But let us be mindful, in our observation of Advent, that hope is in us who are IN CHRIST. So let’s look to the light and rejoice!
We who are IN CHRIST may proclaim:
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalms 145:3 ESV)
For us to proclaim the greatness of God is to shine the light. Let’s give Him glory and light up our own hearts and minds.
Dwell not in the darkness, fellow disciple, exclaim the light!
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