“There’s no darkness in Your eyes, There’s no question in Your mind- God Almighty, God of Mercy
There’s no hiding from Your face, There’s no striving in Your Grace”
(take a listen to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JsK50NGaA
Hillsong, Let There Be Light, Nov. 30, 2016)*
Well, it’s a quiet day! We have spent time traveling between Indiana and Michigan to visit my sister and her family. Kids have traveled home from Lansing (Andrew at MSU) and from Australia (Wesley and AJ)!
Now, all that’s left to wrap up this Christmas season is to spend a few gift cards and to put the decorations back in their boxes until next year!
But I’m not ready for the goodbye’s- nor am I ready to put away the lights that have shone through these dark winter days. This Christmas season, I was reminded of the story of the British and German soldiers who stopped fighting on Christmas Day in 1914. The Pastor who shared this in his message said that as he was practicing for Sunday morning, his wife asked, “Why did they return to the war? Why didn’t they just stop the fighting for good?”
As you step into this new year, what is it that positively interrupted your Christmas Season and how will you allow it to change you? It seems that folks are a little kinder, a little more generous, a little more focused on relationships, a little more mindful of the one who has less, a little less crabby and totally more joyous during the “season,” –so why would you choose to go back to the same place that you were before we encountered the Holy?
Why is it when we put Christmas back in its box we think we can return to the world the same as we left it? God has given you a light to shine- how will you glow?! I love the words to the hymn, “I want to walk as a Child of the Light” (UMH 206). In Christ there is no darkness at all, The night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the City of God. Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus (chorus).
“Please stand up for the poor, help the children of the needy, come down hard on the cruel tyrants. Outlast the sun, outlive the moon- age after age. Be rainfall on cut grass, earth-refreshing rain showers. Let righteousness burst into blossom and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.” Psalm 72:4-7 THE MESSAGE
“Let there be light!”… “Breathe in us we pray!”… Jesus have your way!*
Happy New Year!
Rev. Anita Hahn