Saturday, December 24, 2011

God With Us

God came close.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel, which means, God with us.
" -Mathew 1:23.

God came close. He made himself low, in the form of a baby, not even a wealthy baby. Showing himself in that way, making his dwelling among us, shows me that the world in its fragile and often complicated state did not scare a God who chose this route to come into the world.

God with us. Then and now. For the angel said to Joseph, "she will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

He is still with us, still close. Still able to bring freedom and lasting peace.

Have a listen to Barlow Girl's song "Hallelujah Light is Come" - it's a beautiful song that reminds me that all the praise goes to God - who " has heard our cry."

"So close to me
The Son of God
Now all can see

We've been found."

    -Barlow Girl

Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wait..The Light Will Come

There is victory even in the night. There is light to blot out darkness.

I was thinking about December, and how I don't want it to pass without me looking at it. All too frequently, my days give rise to stirrings of 'how will I ever get it all done?' and moments of peaceful writing and/or blogging are a far too distant memory.

Today, I am struck with a sense of awe at light, not just any light, but that illuminating light that comes from the Son, coming into the world and reminding us at Christmastime that Jesus has claimed Peace and victory for good, and that carries us not just despite the times we feel we can't do it on our own, but because of that very point. I need Him.

I need the reminder that He promises to give me a hope and a future. That He promises to be faithful and that if I just lift my eyes, I'll see that He has overcome the night. That He is alive and He makes me free to live in Him and through Him, and because of Him.

I love Phil Wickham's song "The Light Will Come."

Will you listen and remember with me?

"Lift your eyes
The Son has overcome the night
Come alive
As we shine in loves true light

Here is laughter beyond the tears
Here is courage to face your fears
Look the light has come
So rise you daughters and stand you sons
Claim the victory that Jesus won
Look the Light has come"