Let Go, Live Now – Good News for January 1

1 01 2011

Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

The Daily Path: Reading Luke’s account of the shepherds visit to the Christ child at his birth is a fitting way to begin 2011. Jesus birth was also our re-birth. The beginning of the promise that God holds for each of us: Eternal life in Him.

In this new beginning we look forward, not back. I want 2011 to be about living in the moment. Like the reborn Ebenezer Scrooge, I want to keep Christmas (Christ) in my heart EVERY day, embracing the joy that is Christ’s love in the now. Let’s allow that love to heal so we can remain in the present.

My friends, a Joyful New Year to each of you. Let go and live now!

Image “Beginning 1” courtesy of Rudi Seitz





Internal Heart Drive – Good News for January 1

1 01 2010

Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

The Daily Path: In this digital age we store more and more of our lives on hard drives both inside and outside our computers. Family photos, home movies, music, written reflections and more find their way onto some form of digital media for archiving and retrieval at some later date. Mary didn’t have the “benefit” of a computer to store her memories of all the amazing things she would experience as the blessed mother of Jesus. If she did, it would have taken a server farm, or two, to archive them all. Instead, we are told, she kept them in her heart!

If only we could do the same and keep the warmth of every joy we’ve ever experienced glowing in our hearts 24/7. Perhaps there would be no room left in our “internal heart drives” for hatred files or anything but the ability to feel love and compassion. Imagine a constant connection to God in our hearts every moment of every day. I wonder if that’s what it means to completely accept God into our life?

Hmm. I’d better get started deleting decades worth of junk files that reside in my heart.

A Joyful New Year to all!





Room To Chat? – Good News for January 1

1 01 2009

Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

The Daily Path: Today is the first day of our calendar year. 365 days from now I hope to look back on my life in 2009 and see that I have kept God close. It is also my hope that God will be pleased with what I have done.

Besides sharing the Good News of the Gospel through this daily blog, I also want to make short prayer a greater part of my life. I will say the prayer that Jesus gave us, known as the Our Father. It only takes a moment and I can do it anywhere at anytime.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen
 

While I know God wants more from me than one prayer a day, perhaps using this prayer moment as a daily check-in with God will inspire me to do more. Will you join me in a daily conversation with Him? Even if you aren’t a Catholic or Christian, will you spend those few seconds in your own conversation with the Almighty? 

For the next 365 I will add a new component to Good News To-Go! known as Room to Chat. I hope it helps you to see where opportunities exist to check-in with God. Like the shepherds at Bethlehem, let’s find opportunities to witness the amazing. It only takes a moment in your busy day.

Room to Chat: I said an Our Father this morning while my computer was booting up. I could have said a lot more in that time! LOL