Our lives sometimes become consumed with day to day routines. Urgency of schedules, commotion, the frenzied pace and interruptions, the unexpected, and noise keep us constantly occupied.
Here I am inviting you to stand still...for a moment. Take time to let the little things reach your consciousness. Actually ponder the moments. Breathe. Listen-to yourself, others...the Father's voice (log 8-26-10).
am, sitting in the darkened room by the lights of the tree on this Christmas
Eve.It causes me to think and now leads
me to admit to you that my heart has spent the last bit of time not in the
reflective light of the tree and the Christmas spirit, but rather in the
darkness of my own spirit.Responsibilities, deadlines, events needing planning, guests coming from
out of town, a big push to finish strongly for the term, concerns already for
next term, the cost of three of us pursuing higher education in one family,
relational issues with one - often a struggle with peace, rebellion, serious
health issues for loved ones, learning to live with my own health developments,
meeting familial needs, holding on to friendships with perhaps less attention
than they deserve, guilt, sadness, loss, frustration, fatigue, work, the feeling
of being overwhelmed...I often feel
that I am keeping the nights watch - waiting to inform all that the doom I have
been feeling approach is now here... "2a.m. and all is on the verge of losing
it", "3a.m and all is dark and doomed", "4 a.m. and no
longer on the verge of losing it... Honey... I've done lost it all!!!".Wandering in the dark... no clue how to even
begin to make things work.
at the tree lights I hear the words:The
Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it (John
1:5).I am reminded of those small
candle lights at tonight's Christmas Eve service.
darkened room, the small flame of light will not be overpowered by the darkness
which surrounds it.We were promised by
our Savior " I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8 :12) The
Savior comes willingly to a dark place in order to bring light. Isaiah
9:20 states that "on those living in the land of theshadow of death, a light has dawned."
Eve... we are beautifully reminded that tonight, darkness falls into the dawn
of love's light.I Stand Still with
that... the dawn of love's light.God's
love and sacrifice that first Christmas Eve caused the darkness of a world
filled with war, strife, taxes, political and religious unrest, social
inequality, persecution and.... hmmm... sounds like a time we may be familiar
to fall and give way to the dawn of love's light.In a manger, in the darkness we find love's
light that will never be overcome by the darkness we each hide inside -
anxiety, frustration, anger, fear, uncertainty, doubt, overwhelmingness,
fatigue, lostness, emptiness, unhappiness, discontent.
Not only do we have the promise of
the light shining through those darknesses, we are promised the light will bring
life - "In Him was life, and that life became the light of men" (John
1:4).Light brings hope, joy, love and
peace to the darkness.We are promised
walk through the valleys with shadows and darkness - I am reminded tonight that
this darkness will bring a dawn filled with love's light.
My prayer foryou is that your dawn this morning was filled
with light.Some of us find that in
family, some in friends, some in those things received....But to fell darkness permanently and
completely love's light must rise.Love's
light comes from the Father for GOD is LOVE (1 John 4).True love come through the sacrifice given on
Calvary's Hill to free us from what we truly deserve.Love's light frees us from earthly darkness
and blesses us with abundance - Life to the Full - despite circumstance which
is often beyond understanding.
live in the dawn of love's light each day you are given - stepping out of the
darkness of our world and our making, and embrace a peace that surpasses
that darkness fell into the dawn of love's light for you this Christmas morn
and you can proclaim with me... All is well,All is well.
As I've been Standing Still with Christmas this year, I've
read and considered the story and all the traditional meditations- A Coming: the fulfillment of the covenant
found in a baby; Joy: the world receives a Savior; Peace: the arrival of the
Prince of Peace; Sharing: of gifts, but even more important Good News - so Go
Tell It ... over the hills and everywhere!
I was struck by a different theme in the Christmas Story to
meditate on this year... JOURNEY. Journey.A distance
or course traveled.
Mary and Joseph had gone on a journey back to Bethlehem - a
long arduous journey that was at the very least uncomfortable for Mary and must
have involved PATIENCE on the part of Joseph.But most of all this was a journey of TRUST - A young girl finding herself in the family
way with no human explanation; a gentleman who upon hearing the message of an
angel took his bride despite human misgivings.
The Wisemen had gone on a journey to find a newborn
king.Setting out in great ANTICIPATION,
traveling a very far distance over a long period of time yet never wavering in
their BELIEF of the PROMISE in what lay at the end of the journey even though
the journey's end was found in the most humble of homes.
The Shepherds had gone on a journey to a stable after
receiving what had to have been an announcement that inspired great WONDER and
AWE as well as HOPE.
Each journey led them to one end- a babe.The Prince of Peace.The Lamb. The Counselor.The Messiah.The Savior.
Each journey ended quite simply put.... in JOY.
Journey. A distance
or course traveled; passageorprogressfromonestagetoanother. Each of us is taking a journey.One that involves much that is similar to
those who journeyed for that Christmas.Our journeys involve patience, trust, anticipation, wonder, and awe.No matter what our journeys bring, we don't
have to travel alone.We have the FATHER
who has promised us just that.Every
year we are reminded of HIS PROMISE and our HOPE in Christmas as we celebrate
the SAVIOR. Our journey has been extra blessed by the people we've traveled with - relationships that are blessings to our family; reconnecting with dear friends; continuing to deepen other friendships; and finding new companions with whom to travel. We've made great memories along the way. But the best of all is that we have common JOY in knowing and visibly seeing the ONE who guides our journey and we travel with both knowing and assured of our destination. It is our prayer for each of
you to travel your JOURNEY in this HOPE knowing your are loved unconditionally
and that knowing the SAVIOR, your journey will end in JOY!
9:6For unto us a child is born. John 3:16For God
so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and whosoever believes
in Him shall have Everlasting Life. John 15:11I have
told you this so your Joy may be made complete. Romans 8:38-39For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor
demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.