Saving the Day

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3 

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The first command, the first words of The WORD as recorded in the very first book of the Bible are, “Let there be light.”

This weekend, we (that is, most of North America) will set our clocks one hour ahead in an attempt to save a little daylight.

We like light. The more light the better. Because we live in a world that is spiritually dark, we crave the light.

But we cannot create the light. Only God can do that.

And so, the first book of the New Testament announces the birth of Jesus. The prophecy was now fulfilled. The One, the only One, who could save the day – He came to save our souls.

The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16, Isaiah 9:1-2 

If you need a reminder of the awesome power of God, check out this beautiful video. He who spoke the universe into existence, can speak light into your dark.

If you have trouble viewing, click here.

God’s Incredible Creation – The Arctic Light Time Lapse from ourprecioussavior on GodTube.

A Light to Chase Away the Dark

Evening was settling in as the last ornament was hung. Darkness became the backdrop to a brilliant display of sparkling, white lights wrapped around the branches of our Christmas tree. Wrapped up like ribbon around a gift.

And what a gift it was! This year and every year, it is always the first of the season. Tiny, twinkling lights reminding me of the great power of our great God. The One who helps us see beyond the veil of darkness that covers this world.

The One who awakens our spirit with whispers of hope when real life feels like a bad dream. When the news flashes dark tales of families suffering the deepest pain and we hear again about the loss of innocent lives.

It’s hard to breathe. 

And then more stories of disease and divorce and famine and poverty and injustice. And all this suffering threatens to snuff out the last gasping flicker of light we have left.

But before we brace ourselves for the long, dark night let us reflect on these words from the psalmist:

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide meand the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you;the night will shine like the day for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:11-12

 

And this ancient prophecy from Isaiah who spoke about the coming Messiah.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given…
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:2,6

The pastor said it best in his sermon yesterday. All this suffering is precisely why Jesus came. It’s why we celebrate Christmas. 


It’s the reason we can sing Joy to the World because our God stepped into the depths of our darkness and gave us a Great Light. A Savior who is able to bring all the blessings of healing and hope and peace and joy to everyone, everywhere, “far as the curse is found”.

And I sang that old hymn this weekend, especially verse three, with more passion than ever before.


No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found

from Joy to the Word, written by Isaac Watts
I pray the blessings of our Savior will overflow in your life today and that His light will surround you, chasing away the dark, now and forever.

My Letter to God

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Dear God, 

I took one look at that picture. One look and instantly I started thinking back to when I was a little girl, remembering how the world seemed like such a big, scary place and wondering where I fit in.

I especially recall being afraid of the dark.
 

Sometimes, if I was feeling courageous, I would jump out of bed at night and go running to my mother’s arms for protection from imaginary monsters. 

But most nights, I cowered beneath the covers, calling out her name knowing she would come right away to comfort me.

When I grew up, I grew out of my fear of imaginary monsters. But I found other fears to take their place. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failing. Fear of being misunderstood. The list goes on. 

Then I learned about you, God.
 
I found out you are my Heavenly Father and that you are always watching over me, protecting me from harm, both real and imagined.  

I read the promises in your holy book. The words you wrote to comfort me and tell me that I was never alone. That you are close enough to hear my prayers and come to my rescue when I call for help. And that you will never leave me. Never forsake me.

You taught me that you loved me so much, you sent your son Jesus to take away my sin and give me eternal life and chase away the shadows of fear. And I believed. 

And now I know why.
Because it is your desire for those who have seen the Light to share the Light.

Lord, help me share your light with this little one. And may all those who know you consider how they might share too. Because every child in the world deserves to grow up knowing that there is hope. That they are loved. And that, with Jesus by their side, they will never have to be afraid of the dark.


Compassion Blog Month Update:
I am so thankful today to know that so many have responded to the September challenge. There are now 2,271 children needing sponsors down from 3,108 just a week ago!

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Linking up with Thought-Provoking Thursdayand Thankful Thursday and Faith Filled Friday