The Dark Christmas Tree

I walked downstairs this morning into the darkness of the living room. The Christmas tree sat in the corner engulfed in the darkness. There were no more presents under the tree and it seemed as if the beautifully decorated tree had no purpose and should probably be taken down and put back in the box to be stored in the garage.

After all the work it took to put the Christmas tree up I told myself to turn it on and enjoy it for just a few days longer. I walked over, flipped the switch and watched as the dark corner was bathed in a soft beautiful glow. The golden ornaments sparkled and the once dark corner took on a shimmer and glow that warmed my heart.

Just looking at the Christmas tree shimmering in the golden glow reminded me that the long gone presents that were stacked under the tree were not the real gifts we received at Christmas. We have received the promise of Christmas.

If I could wrap one gift that I want everyone to have it would be the promise of Christmas. Oh sure, we love the earthly traditions of Christmas, the gathering of family, an abundance of good food, presents, tinsel, glitter and ornaments. But those things are short-lived and often disappointing adornments for the calendar day of December 25th. The real promise of Christmas, the one that is available to each and every one of us lives year around and isn’t dependent on someone buying it, wrapping it and putting it under the tree. The real promise of Christmas is about a promise God made to mankind years ago, a promise of salvation.

 The real promise of Christmas is all about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So when I walk into the dark room with the dark Christmas tree, I am not sad and depressed that the presents are gone and the promise of Christmas is over. I flip that switch and watch as the soft glow lights the tree and reminds me that the real promise of Christmas is alive and strong. The real promise of Christmas lives in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So go ahead, flip that switch on the dark Christmas tree in the corner. Watch as our Lord’s Holy Name is lifted up, glowing for all to see. Let each Christmas light remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.

 Rejoice, for this is the season of hope and promises and it does not end when the tree is taken down.


……………and so I ride

Why I will never give up!

It is very easy to lose hope in the world we live in and when hope fades our faith that things will get better soon slips away too.

Depression and hopelessness abound and at times you can feel the despair pressing down.

If only we could find a light bright enough to shine through the darkness so we could find our way.

Jobs are lost, marriages fail, people we love die, lack of finances derail all our plans, life doesn’t feel like a friendly place to be anymore.

If only we could sense the light despite all the darkness that surrounds us.

We need some faith and hope.

Let’s start here.

Hebrews 11:1– Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…….

Perhaps Corrie Ten Boom says it best. Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.

In 2 Corinthians we are told we walk by faith and not by sight.

Two words describe faith, sure and certain.

Faith is the opposite of doubt. Faith is the very strongest conviction that God is who He says He is. Faith is believing that God will do what He says He will do.

Finally, faith is the basis of our redemption and the way in which we are justified by God.

Faith is trusting Him and Him alone for all that we need.

Faith is the foundation of God’s message to us, faith gives us reason to hope.

Isaiah 40:31 -But those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

We all know that living in this world means there will be ups and downs. We will have to walk through tough times. It is a given.

Hoping in the Lord gives us a lifeline.He will renew our strength.

To hope is to expect that His strength will get us through those tough times. Through Him, we will soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary.

To hope in our Lord is to trust in Him, to wait for His answers, and to expect Him to bring something beneficial to our future. We can walk forward in hope and not grow weary.

When hope and faith are lined up, we are free to love completely and we are free to accept completely the perfect love of our Father.

1 Corinthians 13:13 – and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Dare to believe

I am sitting in my writing cove in my bedroom, I am surrounded by my arsenal. My Bible, a book of God’s promises are within easy reach. More importantly, God has settled in with me..
I feel led to address the un-addressable and shine the light of God’s love into an area that Satan has taken for his own.
Suicide in our community.
We have been told we are living under a dark cloud in our community. We have all felt it at one time or another and for most of us, we have been able to run to the sanctuary we have with God.
There are those however that are cloaked in a dark-night-of –the –soul depression and they simply cannot find the way out. It is a maze of hopelessness and despair, too big to navigate alone.
The future seems empty and you feel as if there is nothing to look forward to.
Suicide is something that happens when all hope is lost.
STOP and consider that it is not by chance that you are here. God put you here for a specific reason. You are precious to Him. You are a child of the King.
You may believe that God absolutely has the power to heal you but during those darkest moments you lose hope in your ability to recover.
At that point, there are two options. Give into the overwhelming temptation to commit the irreversible act of suicide, or to look to the promises God has given you.
It feels as if there is no hope in life for you but God promises to give us peace, not evil. He promises us a future and a hope. We cannot see nor can we hear the things which God has prepared for those who love Him, but we can believe it. You must believe it.
FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Walk in faith, out of the darkness.
There is no hope in death.
There is only hope in life.
I am not neglecting the very real and devastating emotional and physical pain that is experienced. But no matter what depression looks like at this moment, the attributes of God will never change. He alone has the ability to illuminate the very darkest places.
Today is your day of trouble but He is asking you to use this day to learn more about Him. Your trouble today may well be the reason you are able to extend a hand to a troubled soul tomorrow. Your compassion for another who is presently walking the path you have navigated will be seen and felt. You can offer the saving light you experienced.
You are a precious soul to which God has given talents to offer the world. Fight for the rights that you have as a child of God.
God wants to change hearts and the chance to demonstrate His power to save.
We as Christians have the best hope there is. Reach for the light.

…………….and so I ride