Box It Up – Good News for December 27

27 12 2009

Letter to the Colossians 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters,

Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,  as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Daily Path: For some this weekend is about tearing down the Christmas tree and climbing back up the ladder to hastily remove all the lights that had illuminated the night over the past few weeks. Our old friend Stan Doubtsall can’t wait to get his life back “in order”. He wants to quickly put the reminders away and resume his normal existence in the new socks he received on Christmas morning.

Kin’s Letter to the Doubtsalls 1:1-13

Oh, Stan!

Why are you ins such a rush to put Christmas away? Christmas is anything but over. December 25 is only the beginning!

Imagine living Christmas in your life 365 days a year. Instead of packing away the little star that sat on top of your aluminum Christmas tree, why not keep it inside your pocket? Every day you could reach into that pocket periodically, touch the star, and hear the angel of the Lord call you to celebrate the birth of the Christ. Or perhaps that ubiquitous bell ringer you hate so much could be tucked away in a corner of your heart, reminding you that someone is out there shivering in the night and that you have the power to bring them light.

You put a lot of energy into rushing the closure of Christmas in your life. What if you put that same energy into extending Christmas and delivering some joy for as long as you can? Why limit your generosity and compassion to only a few days each year?

Stan, don’t box it up. Let the celebration of Christ dwell in your heart every day. Let the light radiate from you like that old color wheel you trot out once a year! The joy you’ll experience is guaranteed to last far longer than the new socks Aunt Phyllis gave you.





Christ Is Risen – Good News for Easter Sunday

12 04 2009

He is risen!

Mark 16:1-7

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large.

On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.'”

The Daily Path: Christ is risen! 

Our Lord rolled back the huge stone in my life so that I could live again. I’m so grateful for all God that has done for me and my family in the past year. His grace has been abundant. So much love has come our way in the most difficult of times to show us that we are not alone. This would not have been possible were there not a living God. 

I pray that each of you will come to know Christ’s love as I have. Let Him roll back the tombstone in your own life. 

May the Peace of Christ be with you this Easter.

Room to Chat: Thanks to everyone who has joined our little novena for Michael these past two weeks. I know God listens when two or more come together to pray. And I pray that He rewards each of you for the time you’ve spent these past two weeks remembering our brother Michael.

 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter