With all the hustle and bustle of trying to get ourselves and our house ready to be gone for several weeks right before Christmas, I haven't taken the time to do a blog post.
today I had a desire to write and share some thoughts with you. One of my Christmas gift projects involved going back and reviewing and remembering. This was such a moving experience for me and I pray that the recipients of this gift will be blessed, to at least some degree, because of it.
With that reference and things that have transpired personally and to others around me lately, I wanted to share with you some thoughts.
What happens when we are in the DARK places?
The Bible never uses the word "IF" when discussing problems, and difficulties. NO! Those writers, Peter especially speaks of "WHEN!" Dark places are inevitable!
what we do and how we handle those dark times is what Christmas is all about.
Dark places are not fun places, are they? They can be scary, uncertain places. We feel confused and completely disoriented. No, not fun places at all!
The pastor of our Michiana family recently lost his nephew to suicide after being involved in a lifestyle of darkness. That family is distraught. A very close family friend was charged with exporting child pornography. His very promising future is destroyed.
People are hurting! People are in pain! People are disappointed! People are in dark places!
What do we do WHEN this happens to us?
We seek the LIGHT!
Light always dispels darkness!
Jesus, speaking to people around Him said,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
That's it! When we are surrounded by darkness, we are to seek the source of ALL LIGHT! Jesus Christ!
He came into this dark, ugly world, full of sin and evil, and brought LIGHT! Angels came with a great display of light to announce His coming as a tiny baby. It was the light of a bright star that told the Wise Men of His coming and it was this star that led them to Him.
"Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight."
It is that everlasting LIGHT in our lives, made possible because God chose to send His Light to die for us on the Cross, that the world needs to see.
It is the LIGHT in our lives that this dark world is desperate to see.
It is the LIGHT in our lives that gets us through the dark places when they come.
"Arise, shine for HIS LIGHT has come!"
May you know and personally experience the LIGHT of the World this Christmas Season!
Merry Christmas to your house from mine!