Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas you old saving and loan
My thoughts have been very much on all of these shootings, and on the political chaos in the world, the war on Hamas and the revolution in Egypt etc. There are so many different realities in this world that are ALL troubling. There is a gathering storm that is growing in power and size and spreading into every corner of the world-yet all of these things have served only to sharpen the true meaning and value of what we're suppose to be celebrating today.
This year I see lots of trouble all around, but a peace in my heart. My heart is like a sanctuary surrounded by the chaos of the world.
I know I have used this illustration before but you can only see the brightness and beauty of the stars in the dark of night & you can only use the beam of a flashlight when it is dark all around you.
The beauty and holiness of Christmas, and of every day that we abide in Christ and follow after Charity, becomes clearer and clearer to us as many of the things men put false confidence in prove to be untrustworthy. When we are 'disenchanted' we see that men do not always behave worthily of the trust and admiration we give them-But Christ is COMPLETELY worthy of ALL admiration, trust, confidence and worship. When we see senseless violence and shootings and crocodile tears and political agendas and children's deaths being exploited.....we are reminded that Jesus Christ taught peace, that He loves the little children of the world, that He treasures their innocence and tells us to have faith like a child.
When we are broke, and we aren't distracted by all of the entertainment and luxury we used to be able to afford, we learn to cherish and enjoy the blessings God has given us once again. We remember that family, and conversation, and a good meal, and family altar, and singing together, are wonderful gifts that we have neglected and forgotten about.
So basically, now is the time to cling to those things which are most dear to us, to re-evaluate our values...to get back to what is important!
That's why persecution and distress often bring revival.
Let's try to learn that lesson quickly so we dont have to learn
it the hard way all the time.
Don't put anything above God and remember you are a steward of all the gifts He has given you, especially the people in your life.
God bless and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :)