Monday Christmas: The Light Proclaims

I’ve decided to do my Christmas posts on Mondays, focusing on the Magi.  I hope it blesses you this season!

1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magia from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” ~Matthew 2

There is a light

High up in the Heavens

And I’ve seen something similar

Watched them a long time

But this is different

A different kind of light

A new message—

The King is born

Salvation has come!

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I travel to meet Him

This Promised One

The One the stars speak of

That guide me to the place of promise

I go there to bow to Him

To give Him the richest gifts

Earth can give

Oh to gaze on His face!

To worship Him as King

As my Savior!

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This star in the Heavens

Proclaims the Star of Salvation

This Light that has dawned on us

Tells of His crown of Light

I will follow in the path

This Light does lead

It will lead me to His side

Where I may honor Him

Worship Him

Forever more

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“2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” ~Isaiah 9

“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” ~John 1

Ephesians 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Isaiah 50:10

Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.

Isaiah 60:19

The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

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Meditation on Christmas: Faithful Joseph

18This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1

Be you a faithful one
Joseph, Joseph
Be you honorable and kind
Pledged to be married
Yet finding your wife
To be with child
You had every right
To publically disgrace her
To stone her to death
You didn’t want it to be done
You were faithful
And kind

Come now to Joseph
Angel come in a dream
Tell this man the plan of the Lord
Who is this child
Within sweet Mary?
He is of the Holy Spirit
Sent of God
He is to be called Jesus
For He will save His people
Save them from their many sins

Be you a faithful one
Joseph, Joseph
Be you honorable and kind
You heard the word
Of the Lord
And you obeyed it through to the end
You took Mary as your own
And gave the child a name
Jesus
For He would save the people
Save them from their many sins
To you the Lord entrusted this to
To protect His child as He grew
Oh you were faithful
Joseph
You were honorable
You were faithful

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’13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”’ ~Matthew 2

“20But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
22Be merciful to those who doubt; 23save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” ~Jude

My Struggle

I’m still the ugly monster
Within
I’m afraid of unleashing the disaster
Of sin
Over and over I play in
My mind
What I should never do, making
Me blind
I know the Spirit is what I should
Choose
But when I dabble in flesh the struggle I
Lose
I must remember I’m still a sinner
At heart
Lest I judge my brother who cling’s to sin’s
Poison dart
He and I we’re just the
Same
Struggling with this pleasure/righteousness
Game
But we must remember who watches when
We fall
He reaches out to us, the Savior
Of all

“17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4)

“13You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesha ; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b 15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whateverc you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5)

My Meditation: 2 Peter 1:3

How often

Do we feel like

We can’t make it

Through this life

Will we really receive

Everything we need

To survive?

Will we be good enough

To accomplish anything

Anything at all?

Will we live lives full of purpose

Or will we live only to die?

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Do you know the LORD?

Do you know who He is?

He called you not

For how good or accomplished you were

Or are

But because He is glorious

Because of His goodness

He’s called you

Because of who He is

Called you to know the LORD

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How many times

Do we cry out

Feeling so ashamed?

We feel like

We can never

Stand in the footsteps

Of the Savior

Can we lift up hands

Like His holy hands?

Can we have faith

That moves mountains?

Can we ever stand in

The Divine Presence

And ever hear the words

“Well done,

Good and faithful servant”?

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Do you know the LORD?

Do you know who He is?

He called you not

For how good or accomplished you were

Or are

But because He is glorious

Because of His goodness

He’s called you

Because of who He is

Called you to know the LORD

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The LORD

He is

Glorious

Sing praises of

All He has done

The LORD

He is

So very good

He’s so merciful

To us

His power it is

Infinitely able

To provide for us

All we ever need

For life

For godliness

Do you know the LORD?

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“His divine power has give us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” ~2 Peter 1:3

 

 

 

One of My Meditations

She opened wide her eyes
And stared at his face
It was cold and pale
With blood droplets
On his brow
Tears filled her eyes
As she watched her Savior
Sleep in death
She remembered all the
Glorious words he’d said
If only He hadn’t died
If only…

‘Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,“Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”’ John 20:14-17.

Hallelujah! We serve a LIVING SAVIOR!

My Cry

Dearest
LORD
My Father
My Savior
My Counselor
I need some
Comfort
Right now
A desperation
A fear
And anxiety
Has laid hold
Its cold clutches
On me
What will
The morrow bring?
What will
My eyes see?
Oh LORD
Please be
With me!
~
This heart
Inside me
Has always been
A little weak
Beats hard at
The sound of
Negativity
Whether it’s true
Or just an
Illusion
I grow faint
I wanna hide
LORD, will You
Be with me?
Hold me close
Help me show
Mercy
Help them all show
Mercy
One to the
Other
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My Father
My Savior
My Counselor
Mercy is my
Desire
Day to day
Hour to hour
Wisdom and truth
Please be there
With me
My Father
My Savior
My Counselor

(This was a prayer when I felt deep need for comfort and help. God was indeed with me the next day. I hope you are encouraged)

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Psalm 28
6 Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people;2
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.