Happy Sunday & Merry Christmas!
I’m up on Christmas morning, everyone else is sleeping.
I’m thinking about my life over the past few years, how much I’ve lost, and the things I’ve gained.
I’m thinking about what matters this morning, and what doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter.
There are reasons for me to feel discouraged, even depressed… in this economy, over the loss of 7 relatives in 6 years, the enormity of demands on my life right now, the huge dissonance between my dreams and my reality, the towering mountains in my face, and the storms over my head… and so on.
I can hear my pug snoring on my bed, the musical clocks in our house are singing their Christmas songs, I hear the fan blowing on my computer… it’s dark, except for the light of this screen. I’m alone.
And I pray to God.
I thank Him for saving my life 20 years ago. I thank Him for blessing me with the things that money can’t buy.
I thank him for love.
Even though the storms keep raging at me from every direction, and I only feel like I’m making small progress towards the legendary dream in my heart. Even though I feel like I have failed in so many ways. Though I wish that I could go back 20 years and give this another try. He is HERE in my family room, with His arms wide open.
Matthew 1:20-23 NLT
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.”
Jesus is Immanuel, which means, “God is with us.”
On this Christmas morning, I thank God, that no matter what I face in this life, He is Immanuel.
He is always with me. He is always there with you too.
Sometimes, life becomes complicated, and we loose sight of Him. But when we look, He is always there.
Right now, no matter what you are facing in life, look for Him! See Him standing beside you, with His arms wide open. Just one touch from Him this morning and life will be suddenly brought into perspective.
Arms Wide Open, by Misty Edwards. Read the lyrics and let it speak to you.
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering
“What does love look like?”
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking of You
I once believed that love was romance, just a chance
I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful
I once believed that love was a momentary bliss
But love is more than this
All You ever wanted was my attention
All You ever wanted was love from me
All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at Your feet
Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused
If all of life comes down to love
Then love has to be more than sentiment
More than selfishness and selfish gain
And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me
I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me
He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me
I could not escape those beautiful eyes
And I began to weep and weep
He had arms wide open, a heart exposed
Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding
Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me
Looking at Him, hanging on a tree
I began to weep and weep and weep and weep
This is how I know what love is, this is how I know what love is
And as I sat there weeping, crying
Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love
He said to me, “You shall love Me, You shall love Me
You shall love Me, You shall love Me”
With arms wide open, a heart exposed
With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding
If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places
If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me
Take up your cross, deny yourself
Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me
You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness
You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so follow Me
And You’ll come alive when you learn to die
I’m praying for you, that today will be a spiritual Christmas, and the merriest of your life.
Spend some time on this Christmas Day, praying with your family and friends… thanking God for His presence in your lives. God bless you!
With much love,