Good News for Christmas Eve

24 12 2010

Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste 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.

The Daily Path: “Let us go then to see this thing that has taken place.”

In this passage we hear how God has once again spoken to common men like you and me, inspiring them to witness His love and mercy. Then, when they have seen, they are again inspired to go out to share it among all they come in contact with.

Friends, we’ve been called to witness the miracle of God in our lives. Some of us have just had an inkling while others have opened their eyes fully to be truly transformed by the experience. Tonight, as we begin to come together as family and friends to celebrate the birth of the Savior, let us be like the shepherds that first holy night. Tonight we see the miracle of the Child who a benevolent and loving father sent to us. And now, filled with that grace we are called to go forth and live the miracle everyday of the year.

Thank you for all of your notes, prayers and support in 2010. You’ve made such a difference in my life. Truly, God has brought the miracle of you into my life.

I wish each of you a Blessed Christmas filled with His Peace!





Busted – Good News for February 3

3 02 2009

Mark 5:25-35

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, Who touched me?”

And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

The Daily Path: I love reading the stories of Jesus performing miracles. They always give me hope in a world filled with bad news. Today’s tale of the woman who touches Jesus garment is a peach. It’s so good on many levels.

Here is someone who has been beaten down by the world. Her physical illness has depleted all her resources. All she has left in this world is misery. Yet somehow she still harbors hope and faith that she can be cured just by touching a thread of fabric that is connected to some guy she has never met. 

Her faith proves true. She’s healed. Amazing? Sure, but not the end of the story. Just when you think it’s going to be smooth sailing from that point on… the healer asks “Hey! Who did that?”

Busted. 

Here at the moment of her greatest joy, when her faith has healed her… the woman is asked to endure one more trial. Boom! Joy turns to fear. She has to “fess up” that it was she who was so bold as to touch Jesus. In her fear she falls to his feet and somehow she finds the courage to face Jesus. She says IT WAS ME who had faith that you would heal my wounds.

Holy cow! What a story! Just let this one sink in for a minute.

I’ll tell you something… I have to think about this more and ask myself: Do I have the courage to say “It was me”?

Room to Chat: Sorry. I’m still in awe over this story. I guess you’re on your own today to discover a new way to talk with God.





Eyes That See – Good News for December 5

5 12 2008

Matthew 9: 27-31

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” 

“Yes, Lord,” they said to him. 

Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. 

Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”  But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. 

The Daily Path: Friends, please keep me in your thoughts and prayers today. The path will be rocky and my burden is heavy. Help me to keep the faith and trust in God to lead me along. (UPDATE 12/6: Thank you to everyone who took a moment to ask God to accompany me yesterday in my hour of need. He answered your prayers and mine. Thank you, God. For you skeptics lurking in the bushes… God listens. Believe in his love and mercy.)

Advent Meditation: Blessed are all who wait for the Lord





Let Me See – Good News for November 17

17 11 2008

Luke 18: 35-43

As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!”

Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” 

Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”

He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. 

The Daily Path: “Lord, please let me see.” What a great prayer to use throughout the day. It’s so simple, yet it gets to the heart of our faith and Christ’s teaching. “Lord, please let me see throughout this day.”