postheadericon Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 6


"...Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger.'"
- Luke 2:11-12

Ah yes, we have gotten to some of my favorite words. Another version of the Bible says, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." It makes me want to go watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

A Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Jesus was born into this world to be our Savior. Do you get the weight of that? A Savior was born. He was wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger. Humble beginnings.

The last song that the kids sang at church last night was "Silent Night." They were up in the front of the sanctuary, just singing away. The huge Christmas tree with sparkling white lights was behind them, and it was so full of beauty. True beauty. I wish you all could have been there to experience it, too!

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born
 

postheadericon Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 5


"But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people..."
- Luke 2:10

The Bible tells us to "fear not" something like 365 times. This is another reminder that we have nothing to be afraid of. The angels are telling the shepherds, out in a field watching their sheep, not to be afraid. Fear not, we are bringing you Good News.

What are you afraid of? And what is your fear holding you back from? We were talking about having a fear of spiders at church tonight. And snakes. We said that the second Harry Potter movie might not be a good choice if you have either of those fears. I also have a 9th grader at church who is petrified of clowns. Then there are worse things...

I had a conversation at work today about how much cancer sucks. How unfair it is when someone in their forties, with young kids, is dying of cancer. Someone who remained positive throughout it all, couldn't kick cancer's butt. I hate cancer.

So again... What are you afraid of?

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
- Isaiah 41:10

That's the verse that comes up first when you search for "fear not" on BibleGateway.com. It really sums it up. We have nothing to fear because God is with us. We don't need to be afraid because He will strengthen and help us. He is with us.

It makes me think of the Chris Tomlin song...

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God you are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power
Our God! Our God!

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against
Do NOT be afraid. God is with you.

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?"
- Romans 8:31
 

postheadericon Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 4


Ack! I'm slacking over here. I gotta get going or I may not get done by Christmas!

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby,
keeping watch over their flocks at night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified."
- Luke 2:8-9

Can you even imagine what it would be like to have "the glory of the Lord" shine around you?! Oh my goodness! I have gorgeous images in my head. Light and beauty and singing and laughter. But the shepherds are terrified. It must be so bright, so big, so great that they are stunned and afraid.

I was needing some encouragement earlier today and sometimes I can find little nuggets on Facebook. Today it came in the form of a previously scheduled post on our church Facebook page. That, of course, means that I posted it, but it was over a week ago. Funny how God works. Anyway, here's the verse that brought tears to my eyes today...in a good way!

"I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying,
'Look, God's home is now among his people!
He will live with them, and they will be his people.
God himself will be with them.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow
or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever.'"
- Revelation 21:3-4

We can hold fim to this promise. His Kingdom will Come. And it all started those thousands of years ago. When the shepherds were terrified in the field. When the angels came in all the glory and splendor of the Lord. It's really pretty awesome!

And here's a bonus for you today :) Check out this video by Rend Collective. I totally love it! And I was singing it all day as I thought about this passage. Great message, great song. Enjoy!