The days continue to be dark and bleak in the world in which we all live. The daunting headlines endlessly bring bad news of shootings, tragedy and heartbreak; but my pen could not write about so much darkness, not when there is so much glory to write about. John 1:5 tells us that light overcomes darkness and on this bright new morning, with all the hope and glory that this past Sundays messages brought to us to contemplate and act upon, I feel compelled to share . . .
The morning’s message was a summed up challenge to: Wake up! Clean up! Grow up! Then there was the evening message . . . Before I continue on I must be completely honest, with our homes earthy comforts, it was so tempting, especially on such a cold night to be home. How many of us stayed home to sit and warm ourselves by a warm open fire? Cuddled with our beloved children, sipping hot chocolate and perhaps enjoying a good old fashioned Christmas movie? These are cherished times and needed but not when we should be in church.
I was so glad I resisted the temptation of my heart wanting to be home. I stayed at church for the evening service; another moving message that stirred my soul and others, on Holiness: which brought us all to the Holy throne room of God. I believe this important message has paved the way, from the Holiness of the throne of God to the other messages to come during this season of a Holy Night, a Holy Child and Christmas . . . when God left His Holy throne room to dwell among us. As if lighting a candle against the darkness, Christ in our Christmas should be contemplated the entire month of December.
The intense brilliance of Christ’s birth, overcomes all earthly darkness. Glory shone about the fearful shepherds when angels proclaimed Him. A star blazed bright for the wise men to follow. The miracle of the Christ Child still illuminates the whole world with peace, hope and joy. Jesus is the Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Are you not impassioned and inspired? This worthy Christmas contemplation is a moving message that should stir the darkest of hearts and the souls of all men . . .
This year, let the Christmas story warm your heart like no earthy fire can. May Christ kindle the fires of revival in our own hearts and cause us to bring guests this Christmas to church as if inviting them out of the cold into a place of comfort by the fire. Let them hear the good news, and prayfully they too will make their hearts Christ’s home this Christmas.
For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. Psalms 18:28 NKJV