Christmas . . . Christ . . . Cross . . . Coming . . .
My faith swirled like falling snow around these powerful “C”s one evening this week. I sat in our blue swivel rocker by the sliding glass doors in my living room. All the lights were off except the Christmas tree inside and the cross outside. Silence and darkness mingled and made a pathway for uninterrupted thoughts. I’d just read Marlene Bagnull’s poem about Christmas and the cross and here it was in front of me in picture form—the reflection of Christmas tree lights in the large glass doors and the cross lights outside in the distance. Birth and death. Earth life and eternal life.
Light of the World—
Shining in birth
Shining in death
Shining in glory when he comes again.
Isn’t He beautiful?
My husband and I are at the stage of parenting where half of our children are young adults living out on their own. Three years ago we shared Christmas with all seven of them and their families here in our farm house together. Glorious! This year four of them, including our eldest in Germany, cannot come home for Christmas. I long for them. I want our children, sons-in-law, grandchildren to be with us, to give to them all the love and time I can give.
And so the Father longs to see ALL of his children around Him. He loves us all passionately and yearns for us to be with him to experience ALL of his children together around him. Can you identify with that? He longs for us—longs to enjoy just ONE Christmas when ALL of us are there.
One passionate love of God.
Jesus the Son will have his bride.
The Father will have the family he longed for before the genesis of humanity.
The Holy Spirit will be released from his earth work, from hearing the cries of the wicked, and he will enter into heaven victorious.
Hear the HOPE OF HEAVEN:
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be (Revelation 22:12).
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also unto all them also that love his appearing (II Timothy 4:8).
HE’S COMING AGAIN AND HE’S BRINGING PRESENTS!!!!!!