Today while sitting at my desk before my study and prayer work, I glance out the window and observe the gray and colorless morning. It seems to mirror how I feel. I think of all the cold and rainy days we have had recently when I remind myself in a couple of months, because of this weather our fields will be brilliant with bluebonnets and other colorful wildflowers. This is needed for the germination of these beauties.
Just recently did I take down all of the decorations in our home and there was color everywhere. For the last two months, we have had many family and friends come to visit and it has been such a wonderful time. Mentally, on my knees I ask for God’s forgiveness on His wisdom knowing I need this quiet time. Gratitude and humility replace a false depressing feeling in my heart! 2 Corinthians 4:17 reads “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Thank you, Father, for today!
As I am pondering this morning the birth of Jesus, I am reminded He represents the Truth and appears to us in a childlike form, unlike the allegory of Adam and Eve who appear as adults. Then, I begin to think about the qualities of God’s child which are loving, forgiving, resilient, expecting Good, humility and on and on and on. Luke 2:40 reads “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” There is definitely a difference in “childlikeness” and “childishness” and that verse certainly points that out.
Today I will be conscious and alert to my thoughts and celebrate this birth reverently rather than get caught up in gift-giving, decorating and partying. There is nothing wrong with any of this but we need to stay cognizant of the real celebration here.
Working about the true meaning of “Christmas” this morning, I began to think of “Peace on earth, good will toward men”. It’s so easy to get caught up with the gift-giving, decorating and party-going that we overlook the real purpose of the celebration. Once again, I began thinking about peace on earth and good will toward men. Of course, I want peace on earth. That should go without saying. Then I began to think of good will toward men and I was reminded of political stories everywhere and how I felt divided about some of the players and certainly wasn’t thinking about good will toward them. God is the only creator there is and He doesn’t pick and choose but only sees our perfection. Psalms 145:9 reads “The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
No where does He say “some”, but “all”. I began praying to be meek and know the definitions mean humbly patient; not inclined to anger or resentment; yielding. Now, that is how I can celebrate Christmas and pray to do so.
This morning as I was reading about the money changers in Jesus’ day and how He threw them out of the temple; I wondered how this applied today. Mark 11:16-17 states “And would not suffer than any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.'” Suddenly, a light came on and I thought of going in to worship with a heart filled with anger and hatred or a head filled with worry! Couldn’t He have been talking of that as well because none of that has any place in a house of worship. Even as I pray at home, am I checking to see that none of that resides within my heart?
My husband and I love watching the Winter Olympics. Recently I was reading where a recent new owner of a silver medal was in a definite slump last month and it was apparently obvious to others. Then, from the unlikeliest of places, a competitor from a foreign team, who spoke no English offered his sled to this young man, which never happens. One does not offer up his sled, nor favorite running shoes, etc. especially to a competitor.
Philippians 3:13-14 reads “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t this what happened? He allowed himself to swallow his pride and accept love from another. That, to me, is Love expressed!
Recently, I was thinking of how a baby chick pecks out of the shell. Actually, the mama chicken could break open the egg from the outside but doesn’t for two reasons. The first is that the chick could be injured and the second is that while the chick is pecking, the neck muscles are being strengthened.
And it dawned on me while praying with a challenge, that I was trusting God and building spiritual muscles.
Isaiah 40:30 states “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
As I pray for more understanding, it becomes clearer to me that does not mean intellectualizing, but softening of the heart and meekness and receptivity. To intellectualize often kills the Spirit and can never feel God’s Love. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
We are all one is brought to light as I realize there is no “us” and “them” ; only God’s creation, which is very Good.
Merry Christmas to all and Peace on earth and Good Will toward men!