FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS

The Light of Life… I like the sound of that!  Most of us take light for granted, don’t we?  We just flip a switch and Voila‘!  Instant light!  You know, light not only aids us in seeing what we’re trying to do, but it provides warmth too.  October in Kansas means that we won’t turn down a little warmth with our light, that’s for sure!  Our Lord is not only the light on our path, but He is also the wrap we wear on our shoulders as we walk.  He keeps us safe and warm!

May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within… ~Irish blessing

Light and warmth are welcoming to us.  You might even say we’re drawn to them.  You know, the other night I was walking up my driveway toward the front door and caught a glimpse of my green banker’s lamp glowing through the office window.  The green shade made the light particularly soft and more alluring.  I thought, “If I didn’t live here, I’d want to visit because this looks like a house where friendly people live!”   I was drawn to the soft green light!

When I think of this Scripture, a song comes to mind that I heard Aretha Franklin sing:

Walk in the LIGHT… beautiful LIGHT.  We’re goin’ the distance!  Jesus, the LIGHT of the world, will guide us through and provide warmth when our hearts are tempted to grow cold.  It’s a cold and harsh world we live in, but we are called to carry HIS light and warmth to others.

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.  ~Michael Strassfeld

What a wonderful analogy to describe Christ as the Light of the world!  He gave His all for us; became sin in our place even though He lived a sinless life.  Praise His name for He is worthy!

When our hearts are heavy and our bank accounts are anorexic, we find joy, peace, love, strength, courage, grace, mercy, and hope in the Light of the world, Jesus Christ, our personal Savior.  He loves us like no other.  Even if the world turns its collective back on you, He never will!  

He never changes.  His laws are the same and His love is everlasting.  Lean on Him for answers to life’s toughest questions.  He is LIGHT and WARMTH.  🙂

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

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Today is the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington D.C.  Here’s video of last year’s festivities.

There is a Christmas Tree farm less than a mile from our house.  The farm hosts all sorts of celebrations year-round, but nothing can replace Christmas!  Each year, 35-40 million live trees are purchased and decorated in the United States alone.  I know our local Christmas Tree farm is very busy in December.

Did you know that the use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter was happening before the birth of Christ?   Evergreen trees were an ancient symbol of life in winter.  Romans adorned their homes with evergreen branches and inhabitants of northern Europe planted cut evergreen trees in boxes inside their houses in wintertime.  Many early Christians were hostile to this practice, and the second-century theologian Tertulian condemned Christians who celebrated the winter festivals by decorating their houses in the same manner.

The decorating of evergreens eventually became a part of Christmas tradition.  Most people think the first Christmas tree was introduced by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort.  The credit rightfully belongs to good Queen Charlotte, the German wife of George III, who set up the first known Christmas tree in the U.K. at Queen’s Lodge, Windsor, in December, 1800.

Some Christians still don’t decorate at Christmas time with a tree (either real or artificial).  Through the years I’ve met a handful of folks who believe the tradition detracts from the real meaning of Christmas.  I happen to believe there is room for both the secular traditions and the Christian traditions, but I respect others for their beliefs.

My family had a silver tree in the 1960’s.  We had to put little silver fluffy things at the ends of the branches, and there was a color wheel that turned and shone on the tree, making it different colors – red, orange, blue and green.  As a child I was intrigued and easily entertained by the tree.  We decorated it with glass ornaments and a string (or two) of colored lights, icicles (anyone remember those?) and an angel topper that Granny LaVella made.

The artificial Christmas tree my husband and I purchased last year is boring by comparison.  It is green and made of PVC.  The advantage is that it’s self-lit so we don’t have to wrap strings of lights on it – and that’s a good thing!  😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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