Advent Day 1 – Good News for November 28

28 11 2010

Matthew 24: 37-44

Jesus said to his disciples, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.

Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

The Daily Path: The first Sunday of Advent is here! Time to head to the mall and start shopping for… GOTCHA!

To help us prepare for the real Christmas, the birth of Our Lord, I’m going to provide a GNTG! Advent Calendar. Perhaps it will help remind us of the true purpose in these next 28 days. Maybe it will act as an aspirin to ease the headache that can be brought on by the holiday rush. It’s also my Christmas gift to all of you, my dear friends, who walk with me on the journey home to God.

ADVENT – Day One: Family

Reflect on a moment in your life when family brought JOY.





let go – Good News for November 12

12 11 2010

Luke 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind.

Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.”

They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”

The Daily Path: How many times have we watched a movie in which one of the characters passes on certain safety only to go back into harm’s way trying to retrieve the treasure or something “valuable” they left behind? And what happens?

BANG! WHACK! AAAAAAAAAGH!

What will I do on that day when I know I have a choice? Like today, for example. I’ll have lots of choices to follow love or follow treasure. Will I be a grumpy old man, rigid in my ways, attacking everything that gets in the way of ME? Or will I let go and follow Christ?

What will it be? Fire and brimstone? Pillar of salt? Freddie Krueger? Or letting go on the only path home?

 





Where’s the Guarantee? – Good News for November 14

14 11 2008

Luke 17: 26-37

Jesus said to his disciples, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.

So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind.

Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.

I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” 

They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”

The Daily Path: I know first hand how difficult change is. I’ve lived through it many times in my personal life, my corporate life, and now in my spiritual life. As humans, we just don’t do change well. We want to find comfort in certainty. We seek peace in surrounding ourselves with what we can count on. But in all cases, change requires work. It requires courage to let go, and it requires faith… mountains of it.

Of the three, it seems that faith is the dealmaker or breaker. Noah and Lot didn’t have a “money back guarantee” that they would see a return on their investment. It was all or nothing. Mrs. Lot didn’t have enough faith and lost everything. She had to choose between the comfort of what she knew and her God. Imagine how Lot felt. He lost what he knew and loved, too. But he loved God more and in return, he was saved because of his faith.

I don’t care to dwell on having to choose between the family I love so much here on earth and my God. It’s too frightening to even consider. This feeble little mind would rather consider how to build an ark around me and fill it with those that I love. And when the rains begin, maybe I can deliver them all safely to God.

However, there is no guarantee that even if I could show them the path, that they would follow. That’s between God and them. All I can do is try… and be certain that I’ll need even more strength, courage and faith on my end.