Spiritual Thought for Today Archive Week #15


Season of Peace

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts."

Paul's gives this as advice that he hopes we all will take. The key word in this passage is "let."

The peace of Christ is there but what rules our hearts is our choice. What do we allow to control our emotions?

Is it fear?

Today decide to "let" the peace of Christ rule your heart!

#2

Let us Go

"Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

The first step is to move in that direction and to encounter the savior. I hope that you will take that journey this Christmas. The lure of the secular aspects of the holiday may keep you from venturing to the manger to encounter the only who can save you and what a tragedy that would be.

Like the shepherds let us go and see what has taken place and believe what the Lord has made known to us.

Let us leave behind our work and all that we think will save us to see this marvel. Let us encounter the mystery of God in the most unlikely place.

I wish each of you a blessed Christmas filled with the presence of Jesus!

#3

The Gift
"He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent empty away."

We are all poor and ultimately hungry. The holiday season brings that to the forefront more effectively than perhaps any other time of the year. People search feverishly to fill the void that they feel within but like the county song of a few years ago most are looking for love in all the wrong places.

Mary in her Magnificant proclaims that God has filled the hungry with good things while the rich have been sent empty away.

Twenty years ago I spent a Christmas that I will never forget. I was in the Army in Turkey at the time. There were no Christmas lights adorning any houses in fact there were only sheep and shepherds that adorned the night landscapes as I rode with a busload of soldiers out from our base in the countryside in to the massive city of Istanbul.

There we traveled to a nursing home run by a group of sisters from Huntington, IN. One of my friends who was from Indiana found that the sister who was leading us around was from his hometown in Greensburg, that little coincidence made his day.

But I found sitting in the convent church that night at midnight with the angelic voices of nuns singing, "O Come Let Us Adore Him," the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes we need everything to be stripped away from us to truly encounter the gracious God who awaits us during this holy season.

Do not succumb to the temptation to rob Christmas of its meaning. Do not give your children gifts that they will discard in less than an hour while failing to present them with the gift of God that Mary proclaims today in the Magnificant.

Thieves have stolen the meaning of Christmas making a holiday rather than a holy day but they have been sent away empty. #4

True Blessings

"Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

One of the first blessings pronounced in the New Testament is one that proclaims the blessing of hope that is filled with faith.

Christian faith is filled with this hope, without this type of hope filled with faith it is little more than a social club.

Examine your attitude to the promises of Jesus. Do you believe that you will live forever? Do you believe that you can do greater works than Jesus did if you believe?

As you prepare for his coming may you experience his power.

#4

Save Us From Our Sins!

"She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

I like this passage because it emphasizes an aspect of the salvific mission of Jesus that is often lost today. Jesus came not only for the forgiveness of sins but also to save us from our sins.

Forgiveness is an important aspect in the spiritual life, when we are forgiven we are free to start over. Yet our sins and their fruit do not go away and indeed many a sinner who has been forgiven has still been destroyed by their sin.

Need an illustration of what I am talking about? Watch the Jerry Springer Show some day this week. It will take you about three minutes to see the effect of sins and what we need to be saved from.

A nice meditation for this final Sunday of Advent might be to call upon Jesus to save us from our sins after all we are preparing to celebrate the birth of our saviour.

#6

Wiping Away Fear

"Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard"

It is the calling card of Angels to announce their presence by telling the recipient of the message not to be afraid. Zechariah is no different he is welcomed by the angel witht he usual greeting with the added comment that his prayer has been heard.

I like this passage of Scripture because it speaks to the hidden fear that we all have that our prayers are not being heard.

Today place before God all that troubles you or fills you with joy and speak to God with knowledge that God hears you and cares about you!