Psalm 56:13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
We walk into the light, where God is. We encounter God in the light. His warm presence invites us to follow Him into His radiant light. He shines His light of truth and love into our dark spaces, when we come to Him. He delivers us from doubt, despair, stumbling, quitting and death. His healing light breaks forth and eclipses the darkness with His light. Hallelujah, we are children of the light!
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So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
When we heard the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we undoubtedly shared our exuberance and joy, just as the shepherds announced joyfully to everyone in the town of Bethlehem about the birth of our Savior. But Mary, His mother, received all that was happening internally – treasuring each cry of baby Jesus, each note by the glorious host of singing angels, each adoring prayer by the shepherds – and pondered these miraculous occurrences inside her heart. She reflected on the beauty and majesty of Christ’s coming, as the world rejoiced!
There is a time to speak with awe and love about the gospel to others, and there is a time to treasure the gospel in our own hearts and ponder the miracle that Christ invited us into relationship with Him by being born into humanity. Christmas is a time to cherish that WE ARE HIS. The child Mary delivered is the child who delivers us. Let us ponder in our hearts the wonders of His love for us, as the whole world rejoices.
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Lord, I need You, oh, I need You. Every hour I need You. My one defense, my righteousness. Oh God, how I need You. -song lyrics by Matt Maher
Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. -song lyrics by Leonard Cohen
We get to God not by striving, but by giving up. A relationship with God is less about trying, and more about surrendering. Out of our deep need for healing… in our cracks created by sin and suffering… God appears in full light. His light goes right to our soul’s dark places, imperfect spaces, and neediness. His light blinds us from our past hurts and failures. His light heals us into newness in Christ. We just need to surrender to God. Wave the white flag of the ego that says you’re never going to be good enough. Come with your weariness, wounds and brokenness and kneel before God. His radiant light will envelop you and heal you.
“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” –John 1:4-5–
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