A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for.  We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.  There are may in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.  The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality.  There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”  – Mother Teresa, (A Simple Path:  Mother Teresa)

If the love of the Lord reigns supreme in our lives…  it can’t help but show in our lives and flow in our attitudes and actions.  Is His love perfected in you?  Only Christ can love perfectly, as we know – but making it a priority to love like He does is important.

The other day I heard my husband knocking on our front door with a sense of urgency.  I was confused because the door was obviously unlocked, so why was he asking me to let him in?  I grabbed the door knob and pulled…  to no avail.  The door was stuck!  No matter what I did, the door would not open.  Once he came in the house through the garage door, he started working on the door with graphite.

Just as the graphite fixed the front door so it would work properly again…  God’s love perfected in our hearts, minds and lives is what shows a lost and dying world the Savior – and that the love they desperately seek in all the wrong places can be found – in Christ.  As Mother Teresa reminds us…  people are lonely, desperate and feel hopeless much of the time.

If we stay connected with God in the way we should – and make an effort to connect with others with the graphite that is God’s perfect love…  what a difference we can make in this hungry world.  Without that graphite, the door of your heart can get stuck and the world doesn’t see the love of God in you.  As Christians, we need to show folks where love – real love – God’s love – His eternal hope, peace, and presence – can be found… at the foot of the cross.

We all have a heart hunger – and some look for the love they need in the wrong places.  I won’t review all the ways people seek love in this world…  but there is a cross-shaped hole in every heart, and that place can only be filled with this one piece of the puzzle.  The cross-shaped piece, shown to the world by one who shares with His perfect love.

The cross of Christ reminds us that Jesus showed perfect love to all of us.  His perfect love in our hearts and minds is what helps us to show true compassion for one another.  Instead of hammering a brother or sister, try expressing your point of view with love and kindness.  My mom used to say you get more flies with honey…  that’s not from the Bible – well, it’s not a direct quote from there anyway – but it’s a good precept to keep in mind.  🙂

 

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I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  – Luke 2:14

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is based on the 1863 poem Christmas Bells by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  It talks of despair upon hearing Christmas bells – declaring that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Even though it begins on a negative thought, it ends declaring that the bells carry renewed hope for peace among men.

We all know that Christmas can be a depressing time for many people – actually more than will admit it.  But the Christian has the greatest hope – our Hope is in Christ and His promise of everlasting life!

This time of year, many catch what can be referred to as a “Christmas cold.”  The shorter days and lack of sunshine can sometimes trigger this type of cold.  Symptoms vary but include being down in the dumps, sadness, and lethargy.  During this illness they may ache for days gone by and for loved ones who they’d like to be near to help them through.  No one is immune.  It can strike any given year out of nowhere.  There are things caregivers can do in order to help ease pain and shorten how long the cold lasts, such as:  Love, acknowledge, nurture, understand and pray, remembering that this cold is quite contagious.  Protect yourself and help others by sharing your faith, joy, light, hope, peace, merriment, wonder, and most of all – LOVE.  ‘Tis the season to believe!  – Vicki La Fleur Lazrine

What is your reaction when you hear Christmas bells?  Do you feel the peace of God, or do you begin to feel the chill of a Christmas cold?

Where do we go when it’s cold outside and we feel a Christmas cold coming on?

15420982_1857268731184255_355262171039274170_n-2We run to Jesus – just as fast as we can.  God’s love can warm up YOU.  And…  in closing, let me share the last verse of this great carol:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Please take care of your physical health by taking care of your emotional health – and let God cradle you in HIS loving arms this Christmas!  He will take care of you.  He made you – He knows just what you need and when you need it – just trust Him for answers.  🙂