About 12 people will read this.
So…why do I write?

I do not write so that I will be known.
I do not write because I feel like everyone needs to hear my voice.
I do not write to share all the “fantastic” insights I believe that I possess.

I write to become better.
I write to learn.
I write so that at times when I have nothing to say, I might have trained just enough to gather a small ounce of something to say- hopefully something that’s meaningful.
I write in hopes that one or two of the 12 people that will read my post may be moved, encouraged and pushed into a deeper faith, and just maybe, be moved into actions of love.

Beautiful Christmas C(h)ord

Throughout Christmas many different videos appear.  This is one of my favorites this year and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Be inspired, remembering that the birth of Jesus CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Lyrical Mondays: “O Come, All Ye Faithful

Adeste Fidelis

In honor of the season of preparation, expecting and hope for the future we will be reflecting upon “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”  I have included the first verse, fifth verse and sixth verse. Two lines stand out to me that I hope you absorb.  The first is from verse five and it says, “Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?”  The second is from verse six and it says, “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.”  The depth of meaning in this song is inspiring.  May you enjoy the richness of these words.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the king of angels;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
we would embrace thee with love and awe.
Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Words by John F. Wade, 1743; Translated by Frederick Oakeley, 1841.

Hello friends.  You may have heard of the tragedy that struck an elementary school in Connecticut yesterday. Like you are probably feeling, I am full of many emotions. First and foremost I am heart broken. As we mourn the tragedy that has struck these families, may we lift them up in our prayers. Sometimes knowing how to pray can be so very difficult, especially in times like these. Below is a prayer that I hope you pray and reflect on. Take your time and absorb the words deep in your heart and soul as you express them to our gracious Father who feels our deepest pains.

LORD GOD, we don’t know how to pray.
This immense disaster feels overwhelming.
We can only imagine how the victims feel,
and we are so many miles away that we feel helpless.
Surround those directly involved with your loving presence.
Comfort the dead and injured.
Help all of us to remember that your love
is bigger and stronger than despair and destruction.
Guide and strengthen us to reach out to those affected in ways that will bring healing.
Give them and us a sense of your peace and hope.
In the name of Jesus, our friend and healer. Amen.

Prayer from Prayer of Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments edited by Mary Lou Redding.

The Long Walk

My family and I love amusement and theme parks: the environment that is created by the artist, designers and architects who designed the park; the smells of pavement under the hot sun mixed with aroma from a nearby food vendor; the occasional screams of people who are currently experiencing adrenaline rushes spurred by their sudden drop on their favorite coaster all collaborate together creating a day filled with fun and excitement. Throughout a fun-filled day at the park we barely notice how much we have been walking nor do we notice the tiredness that overcomes our bodies.

Most parks have some way to conclude the day and this is usually some form of fireworks, music or some combination of the two. I suspect this is like the grand hurrah- a way to help the patrons remember the incredible day they have had in some attempt to make them want to come again. Shortly after these fireworks are over and my excitement is subsiding is when I begin to feel exhausted. I slowly begin to feel pain from the day’s sunburn, my muscles have very little energy and my feet ache with every step I take. As I step out of the park, usually I am giving my daughter a piggy-back ride by this point, I notice the car appears to be miles away. What seemed like a great parking spot when we arrived no longer feels that way. Do you know the feeling? I love amusement parks and theme parks but I dread the long walk to the car.

There are times in my life where that long walk to the car reflects perfectly the state of my walk with God. I am thoroughly glad that I have given my life to Him, much like I am glad that I was at the park for the day, but oh the long walk can be so difficult. Some might see these times in one’s life as desert walks, isn’t it interesting that I picture them as an end of a long day parking lot walk?  In these walks you’re tired, thirsty, exhausted and you dread each step. It’s during those walks that I cry out, O Lord, refresh my soul! Inspire, intrigue and enchant me, O Lord!  Have you experienced these walks?  Are you experiencing one now?  If so, as we walk patiently awaiting the Lord’s renewal, join me in reading Psalm 63:1-8 and may our steps be refreshed and reinvigorated!

God! My God! It’s you I search for!
My whole being thirsts for you!
My body desires you in a dry and tired land, no water anywhere.
Yes, I’ve seen you in the sanctuary;
I’ve seen your power and glory.
My lips praise you because your faithful love is better than life itself!
So I will bless you as long as I’m alive;
I will lift up my hands in your name.

I’m fully satisfied as with a rich dinner.
My mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips-
whenever I ponder you on my bed,
whenever I meditate on you in the middle of the night-
because you’ve been a help to me and I shout for joy in the protection of your wings.
My whole being clings to you; your strong hand upholds me.