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I LOVE THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

I love all the lights of Christmas!

I love the multi-colored lights sparkling on our tree.

I love the icicle lights hanging from the homes in our neighborhood along with bushes decorated with tiny flowers of light.

I love the dancing flames of our fireplace.

I love the glowing luminarias lighting the path for Mary and Joseph.

I love the flickering candles.

One of my favorite Christmas memories is attending church on Christmas Eve as child…..the pageant, the carols, the story of Jesus’ birth….but especially holding the white candle lit by passing the flame from the candle on the altar to each person from the front pew to the back.  As we silently left the church, we would shelter the flicking light wanting to arrive home with our candle still shining.

Jesus is that light. 

There is a lighted cross in our window this year, a reminder that there is a light in our lives—always.

Our prayer for you this Christmas is that your path is always lighted.

Blessings to you for a shining Christmas!

 

“I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

Book recommendation…..”HEAVEN IS FOR REAL” by Todd Burpo

Monday, November 26th, 2012

 

Heaven Is For Real

I recently read a book my husband recommended,  “Heaven Is For Real:  A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip To Heaven and Back” by Todd Burpo, a Wesleyan pastor from Nebraska.  This is the “astounding” story of his son Colten’s experience in heaven when the boy was near death.  Yes, it reaffirms what I believe and gives me a picture of heaven as seen through a child’s eyes.  I have thought about Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:3-4.  “And he said:  ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'”  NIV  The revelations in this book helped my eyes to see heaven like a little child–a simple, trusting belief.

My husband and I go to a local care center one Sunday a month to provide a church service for the elderly residents.  Yesterday, my husband used the message in this book during the worship service.  One of the staff members thanked him for the message.  As we asked the folks what special prayers they would like for the following week, we had more meaningful conversations than we had before.  One lady told us of the angels that surround her bed at night.  Another asked for prayers for her parents who she hopes are in heaven.  I believe that the reinforcement of my beliefs helped to comfort the woman who told me of her pain.

I am thankful that reading “Heaven Is For Real” helped us to offer comfort and hope to others and gave us the experience of seeing the world and heaven as little children.  I pray that we continue to be like little children.