God’s Road Map For Court Room Décor

The Bible is my Road Map and Passport to life.

I learned something this week.  Yes, my eyes were opened to a new perspective on the Bible.  I grew up knowing, believing and respecting the teaching that the Bible was the infallible Word of God; but this week, as I read Leviticus, Chapter One in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit showed it to me as a Road Map for court etiquette.

You will recall that I have mentioned in past blog writings, that I am an early riser and often I connect with a semi-large group of believers who gather at 5:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. every weekday morning on the telephone for Bible study and prayer time.  Our mission, led by an assistant clergy of my church, is to read one chapter from four different books of the bible (three chapters from the O.T. and one chapter from the N.T.).

As the spirit leads, with thanksgiving, any person is allowed to ‘wrap a prayer around’ any verse that reminds them of God’s goodness.  Boy oh boy, does this exercise start my day with holy ecstasy, jubilance and solace.  The spirit runs high and by the end of the session, our leader closes out our time together by asking for prayer requests which he lifts up to the Lord.

All those who read and study the Bible know that God’s word is new and fresh every morning.  His word is also a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway.  Since God likes things done in order, he gave the Levitical priests strict instructions on how to hold court at the tent of meeting (the tabernacle).

As I read and meditated over the first chapter of Leviticus, and saw how God wanted Moses to instruct the people as to how they were to bring their offering to the Lord, the Holy Spirit showed me that the same procedure required in the days of old are being lived out today in our court system in the twenty first century.

The first lesson I learned from the scriptures was that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  Three classes of society are mentioned in the following verses.  And the offering that was required of them had to be killed and its blood was to be shed.  The person (sinner) who brought their offering to the priest (a forerunner of Jesus Christ, the High Priest Who was to come) had to lay their hand on the head of their burnt offering.

Lev. 1:3    “If the offering is a burnt offering from the ‘herd’”,….The filthy rich people that owned the larger animals like oxen and cattle with hides.
Lev. 1:10  “If the offering is a burnt offering from the ‘flock’”,….The middle class people that owned smaller animals like sheep and goats, chickens, etc.
Lev. 1:14  “If the offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of ‘birds’”,…The poorer class of people without means and who would have to catch and kill their offering.  

NOW, LET’S LOOK AT WHAT OUR COURTS REQUIRE…

All witnesses arraigned in our court system must place their hand on the Bible and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  The example given in scripture shows that each society class of people owes their survival and good fortune to God (WHO IS TRUTH) and by placing their hand on the head of their prize possession (herd, flock or bird), they are indebted to Him and just as He gives, He can take it away.  Don’t forget, the Old Testament requires that the offering must be drained of its blood and completely burn up at the ceremony’s conclusion.

CHRIST JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD FOR US!

Perhaps, if you are familiar with the Book of Leviticus, you might think that I have really taken the meaning of Chapter One to the limit.  But that’s alright.  I just like to try and relate every word of God’s revelations to my life today and make it relevant.  I trust you do the same.  So many of my friends love to read and discuss the New Testament but shy away from the Old Testament.  For me, the more I understand the Old Testament, the more God reveals himself to me in the New Testament.

See you next week. Please leave me your comment on how you relate to the Old Testament Scriptures.

Scripture Lesson:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. - Psalm 119:105

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God’s Laws Matter

Do you believe that prayer changes things? I do! That’s why, when consoling my family members, friends or acquaintances after learning about what ails them, I often ask them that same question. Most of the time their response is, ‘yes…but’. Next, I usually hear replies, or shall I say excuses, of why things just didn’t work out.

Now, about this time, I can see that my work is cut out for me. So, I must tread lightly. Generally, I pose questions that generate a response that the person really wants my help or opinion concerning the matter they are dealing with. I might throw in a joke or two, that signals to them that together, we can come up with a workable solution. But the biggest help I depend on are the lyrics to Nina Simone’s song. Just click the website below, close your eyes, pat your foot, and enjoy the beat:

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After hearing Nina’s message silently in my heart, and sending up my own quick prayer, I re-introduce my ‘charge‘ to the Master of all things that seem impossible. Gently, I began to explain the obstacles that arise in our daily lives that can so easily fracture our relationship with God. I remind them that sometimes our own unconfessed or deliberate sins can build up an unimpeachable wall that can prevent a prayer from getting through. For as you know, the society that we live in today can fool a person into thinking that what actually is wrong and not pleasing to God, is right in man’s eyes. While at the same time those things that are right is foolishness and non beneficial to you. Sadly, Christians have all too often become used to this way of living.

So, if the person you are consoling is honest and agrees with your message this far, you may want to encourage them to voice out loud any areas in their immediate life where unconfessed situations have not been brought to the throne of grace. Encourage them to deal with those things first. Ask them if you can help them to pray about these conditions prior to lifting up their most recent cares to the Lord. You will want to emphasize that God’s laws and precepts do matter and that they do play an important part when expecting new mercies and new blessings. God wants us to obey his word and commandments because this type of discipline keeps us close to him.

Offer yourself to others and let them know that you are available as a support friend that they can come to for encouragement and strength without fear of condemnation. Invite them to engage in a bible study group or offer them a devotional book for spiritual instructions. Let them know that staying connected to righteous living and unwavering faith is not easy. Share some of your own missteps that will foster hope and reassurance.

In conclusion, following is a suggested prayer model: “Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive your child for becoming so accustomed to this world that unconfessed sins and misdeeds no longer seemed offensive or disturbing to You. Please, Lord, show us through Your Word and the examples of Jesus Christ, Your will for our lives. More particularly, Dear Jesus, please lead and guild ________________ during these turbulent times. I ask all these blessings in the Precious Name of Christ Jesus. Amen!”

Scripture Lesson: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” Psalm 66:18

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God Was Asked…”Are You A Democrat Or A Republican?”

At Your request, Lord, I come unto thee…heavy laden and burden.

The type of question asked in the title of this week’s blog was asked by Joshua in the Old Testament of the Bible:

  Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand.  Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”
     “Neither” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”  Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” Joshua 5:13-14

In Joshua’s case, he realized that God was in the mix of the battle the Israelites was pursuing with a Canaanite stronghold, but he wasn’t sure whose side God was on and who he was going to allow to win the battle. In my predicament, I indeed needed to poise a more poignant question to God concerning the state of affairs our nation found itself in at the nation’s capitol (Washington, D.C.) on January 6, 2021, when it was overrun by a riotous mob of insurrectionist.

So, in a prayerful posture of humility, and with a contrite heart and meek spirit, I approached the throne of grace this week and submitted myself to the Lord’s abundant mercy and compassion. Relying on the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appealed to Him on bended knee, to converse with me. And He did.

Early one morning this week, after I had finished my daily 7:00 a.m. prayer time on the telephone with about 35 other early riser prayer partners, I felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit still lingering in my bedroom. I closed my eyes and submitted my spirit to the welcoming angelic atmosphere. Speak, my Lord, I whispered, speak.

“Neither,” I heard a still small voice say, “For I am the commander over all political parties of the Lord whether they know it or not. Don’t you know, my child, that looking at conditions and affiliations from your political perspective is not a prerequisite necessary for admission into the Kingdom. If only all political entities would submit themselves to deep soul searching and look at their own agendas and motives for carrying out their actions and couple them with examples given by my Son, Jesus Christ, they would experience far more victories, accomplishments and successes from God than from their own understanding.

“It is for this reason that I have come to tell you to rest easy and to allow your emotions to be comforted with the knowledge that God’s outreached arm has you securely embedded in his care. He wants to remind you of his undying love for you and his love for his people. Put your hope in Jesus Christ. He is your Rock of salvation. Trust Him and see what the end will be. And know with assurance, if you continue to stand strong in Him, He will make your righteousness shine like the North Star and the breaking of dawn of a new day. So rise, shine, and give God the glory.” Amen!

Scripture Lesson: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

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God Is Good…All The Time!

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Bless me Oh Lord, for I have barked up the wrong tree. Woof!

Yes, even Snoopy receives blessings from the Lord sometimes. This week, I thought I would blog about a little humor in print. Why? Because that is how the Lord has dealt with me all week. God is not only GOOD…he has a sense of humor, too.

For the past few days, I have found myself day dreaming or just plain wondering about the most mundane things in my life. In between washing dishes, dusting, making up my bed and sweeping, I would pause…lean on the broom handle I was holding and ask God a simple question; Lord, where did I put that book of stamps I bought on Monday from the Post Office? He didn’t answer me right then.

Much later, after I had finished tidying up my apartment, I decided to wash a load of clothes. I went into the laundry room, moved the laundry basket closer to the washer and started to sort the clothes into the machine. All of a sudden, a silent voice in my head whispered, the stamps are in there. What? Who said that? The stamps are in where? What stamps?

Suddenly it hit me…I was holding a pair of slacks…just about ready to toss them in the washer…when I found myself digging down into each pocket. Sure enough…there in one of the pockets, was the newly purchased book of stamps! I looked up and shouted…found them. Thank you, Lord!

Yesterday, I was thinking to myself, Lord, it is time for me to start thinking about what I will write about in my blog for this week. My posts are getting good reviews each day, but I was wondering why my readers do not add their comments. Again…suddenly…I heard a still small voice that whispered the name of a good friend of mine. About an hour or two later, I said to myself…Let me call Dorothy and see how she is doing. Honestly, I did not connect my actions at that time to the earlier thought I had experienced.

As my friend and I engaged in small conversation, the subject of my blog came up and Dorothy asked me how she could add a comment to my blog if she so desired. She also did not know she could ‘follow’ me and automatically receive an email notice each time I posted a blog. WOW! I was shocked. Just then, it dawned on me that perhaps some of my other friends were not computer savvy either, and perhaps needed to be informed on how to leave comments or to automatically receive my blogs each week.

THEN I REMEMBERED JUST WHO HAD OPENED MY EYES AND WHO HAD HEARD MY INQUIRIES.

The moral of this story is…Take your burdens…both big and small…to the Lord and leave them there!

Scripture Lesson: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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God Speaks While We Muse…Our Thoughts Matter!

Speak, Lord. Thou servant is listening.

What an odd thought, I said to myself.  Where did that come from? I know what ‘muse’ means, Lord.  What is it You want to converse with me about this evening?

Don’t you know, my child, that I can read your thoughts, was His reply.  I can also feel your pain and sadness.  Yes, I see what is going on down there on earth with an all-seeing eye.  And, yes, it’s very sad and alarming to the masses.

Dear readers, before I begin to write my blog for this week, please allow me to define for you the meaning of the word ‘muse’.  The dictionary defines this word as; to turn something over and over in the mind meditatively and often inconclusively.  To wonder or marvel over a situation.

For months, now, I have been praying about the devastating wake of Covid-19.  And now, because of the unlawful assault on the Capitol Building in the USA seat of government, Washington, DC., I have piled on a new situation of burden bearing in my heart and in my psyche.

As I sat in my office chair, holding my head in my hands, I felt the Holy Spirit’s breath of comfort envelop me.  Hold on, He whispered.  Communicate with a prayer for understanding, for your musings are resounding loud and clear up here in Glory.

So, after a few seconds I began praying…

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for just being You.  I praise You for being Omnipotent…all knowing and all caring.  I praise You for sending the Holy Spirit to comfort us and to lead us onto the right path.  In my search for peace, Lord, in the days ahead, may You allow Your relentless and abundant love to envelope me and lift me out of this deep despair.  

As the coronavirus mutates, and people become more cruel and more careless and more opinionated, may You become just that much more loving and discerning towards your people. Teach me and my fellowman, Oh Lord, to become more dependent on You, and open up our understanding of Your ways, so that our faith may increase as despair creeps in. 

Bless me, Lord Jesus, so that my mouth and heart speak with precision; so that I might pray with power and conviction.   And above all, to stand with courage and in hope.  For I know, now, that my meager life and thoughts do matter to You and that You hear and answer my prayers.   I pray this prayer in the precious Name of Jesus…Amen and Amen.

Scripture Lesson:  “When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.”  Proverbs 31:26  

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God’s Gift…Today, Friday, January 1, 2021, Your New Beginning!

NEW BEGINNINGS FOR 2021

STOP! In the name of love…

Why are you praying that the new year will usher in a new order of business in the world?  Why are you filling up your calendar with new appointments that you hope will bring you different results than those appointments you engaged in during all those months in 2020?  Why are you making new resolutions when more than half of the ones you made in 2020 are still not accomplished?

BAH!!  HUMBUG!!  BOLDER DASH!!

Now, let’s get real.  Since your initial conversation/prayer is addressed to God, why not start off with a little praise and honor and thanksgiving.  Why not solicit his plans for your life to come.  Why not just be still for a moment and wait for him to acknowledge and examine your true heart desires.

Now, let’s start again…

Dear Heavenly Father, on bended knee I come to your sacred throne of grace, sincerely inquiring if You will open the windows of heaven and give me a glimpse of any new beginnings you have assigned to this mere mortal for the coming new year that history will record as 2021.  

I am approaching Your throne of grace at this time so I can begin to examine my faith walk and repent of any and all disappointing thoughts and misdeeds that I might have committed against You.  

For I truly want to faithfully and earnestly be a good steward over any and all assignments that You make me charge over.  I also want You to know that I cherish all of the tasks and obligations that came my way in the past, and hope with all my heart that I was found trustworthy and true.  

Just knowing that in all things accomplished, whether with or without divine understanding, You and You alone was pleased with my efforts would bring comfort to my soul.  For I realize that You were with me then and that You will be with me in the year to come and that You will not fail me.  

So, without any doubt or hesitation, I sing for joy and declare that I fully trust You with all of my tomorrows. 

Amen and Amen!
To My Beloved, from God!

SCRIPTURE LESSON: “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! Psalm 139:5-6

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God Appreciates Demonstrations Of A Fresh Anointing

Are you seeking a fresh anointing from God?

I just love to ask God questions and await his response.  Well, this evening I didn’t have to wait long.  I picked up one of my favorite devotional books and glanced at a devotional on how to know when you are standing on God’s Holy Ground.  Within the message was a sentence that said we would be able to identify the holy ground moment at the precise time we sensed that God’s presence in our midst is tangible.

What does that mean, I thought?  So, I reached for my dictionary.  Webster defined tangible as being capable of being perceived by the sense of touch.  And also capable of being precisely identified or realized by the mind.  Now I was even more confused.  Who on earth has ever touched God?  Okay…maybe the women who touch the hem of Jesus’ garment…Maybe that counts.

Just then, I heard from on High…

He (God) says, “Be still, and know that I am God:  I will be exalted among the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10

Right then and there I received a fresh anointing!  My mind began to recall Holy Scriptures I had learned as a child…The Holy Spirit entered the picture and defined “tangible” for me. 

“Then the Lord said to him (Moses), ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.'” Exodus 3:5

As I bent down to unlace and remove my tennis shoes, I was capable of perceiving a touch from the Master’s hand.  I also precisely realized in my mind that God was a-listening! Yes, Jesus Christ, Himself was present and the ground was indeed holy.

Oh, my brothers and sister, my prayer for you is that when such a moment happens in your lives, you, too, will realize with assurance that God is with you.  That you will waste no time in removing your shoes, falling on your knees and acknowledge your fresh anointing. Do this before you continue in your prayer time. Take a few moments to just praise His holy Name and thank Him for being a God Who never fails to listen to His children.

May you forever see the glory and wisdom of cultivating a heart-felt intimacy with our Lord and Savior in today’s chaotic world. May God continue to bless the growing pains that this pandemic is instilling in the people of God.

Scripture Lesson: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.” Psalms 23:5 RSV

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God Is A Lifter Of My Head

Snowstorm in Northeast New England States in USA.

This morning I spared with God.  It happened just after I had finished my telephone devotional time with about 25 other believers from 6-7:00 a.m.  As I lay in bed at the conclusion of prayer time, I turned on my TV to listen to the early morning news.  The first report given was a weather update on the first big snowstorm descending on the upper northeastern states.  I heard the weather announcer say something like this: “Reports are coming in that due to the heavy snowstorm and the automobile pile ups on the highways, the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine might be delayed.”

WHAT? I exclaimed as I sat up in bed.  No, my Lord, no!  How could You do this?  You just unshackled the government, endowed scientific and medical minds to perfect the vaccine, empowered the regulator committees to approve the vaccine, and harnessed the transportation systems to deliver the vaccine to the first defenders, nursing homes and critical masses.  Now look what You have gone and done! Manufactured more delays. What’ssss Up!

By this time, I was under the covers hiding…expecting God to zap me at any moment.  I glanced to my right and to my left to see if the strong presence I was feeling was to become a live aberration and Jesus Christ Himself would appear with a rod in His hand.  I stayed hidden under the blanket for a while, eyes wide open, nervously unsettled, listening for a squeak in the floorboards, expecting a soft breeze to flutter through my bedroom from the closed windows…and then I regretfully and quietly whispered an apologetic prayer.

“Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. I changed lanes.  I forgot this was a one-way street.  And You and You alone have the right of way.”

After sliding out from under the covers, I immediately grabbed one of my devotional books and turned, without faltering, to pages 152 and 154 of Susie Larson’s devotional book entitled Blessings For Women (Sub-titled, ‘Words of Grace and Peace for Your Heart’). There I discovered the following 2 verses:

“The Lord gives his people strength.  The Lord blesses them with peace.”  Psalm 29:11 NLTHumble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.”  James 4:10 NLT

That’s all the Holy Spirit conveyed to me.  That was His complete conversational message. Thus sayeth the Lord…He did not scold me are zap me dead.  He just commended me for returning back into my own lane and allowing God to do His thing.  Once again, I was reminded that God and God alone is in control of this pandemic business, and it ain’t over until He says it’s over. Amen!

Scripture Lesson: “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3 KJV

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God Stretches People Like Rubber Bands

I’ve got to empty this closet. With it’s rent money, I could donate to a non profit.

At first, I didn’t realize what was happening to me. I did not know that God was in the mix. But when I finally sat down at my computer last night to write my weekly blog, I heard His voice loud and clear. “It’s not about you, my child, it’s about Me!”

Right then and there, our conversation started…

“What’s that you said, My Lord?  Were you talking to me?  Wait.  Wait.  Let me get my head on straight.  I hope I haven’t kept you waiting too long.”

To be honest, I had not prayed like Jabez.  You know that guy in the Bible who prayed for God to enlarge his territory.  But I had been thinking about and agonizing over those families the news commentators were highlighting in stories about the loss of jobs and empty pantries, and homelessness.  I had asked the Lord to search my heart and show me where I could tighten my belt and dig a little deeper to share some of my blessings with those in need.

The first thing the Holy Spirit did right after Thanksgiving was to urge me to start getting ready for Christmas.  I had no idea why.   So, with little thought, I went to my rented storage room and began to pull out storage bins filled with brand new gifts I had received over the years and brand new items I intended to give away but never did.  My eyes got big.  My heart started pounding.  I was surprised at the ‘stash’ I had collected over the years.

How does that taste.

Next, I uncovered bags of brand new Christmas wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and stickers and gift boxes in all sizes.  In the corner of the closet were some never-before-used Christmas tree ornaments and lights.  Good googly-woogly I thought, I can start a Hobby Lobby Store with all this stuff.  “Those are not your thoughts,” I heard a small voice in my head say.  “That was Me,” said the Lord!

It took me several trips to cart all that stuff from the storage unit to down the hall to my apartment.  But with a great big smile, I managed it.  With every step, I was thinking, I know what I am going to do.  Since Covid-19 has all of us seniors pinned down here in our apartments, and nobody is going out to do much shopping, I’ll hold a flea market sale in the lobby and turn ‘trash’ into a ‘treasure’ for someone who can appreciate shopping in safety.

Thank you. You made my day.

In the ensuing days, I heard that my church was also sponsoring a clothing drive for all ages, including furniture and small household items.  They were also collecting on behalf of Mission Arlington.  So I also joined their efforts because Mission  Arlington would be providing a truck to come to the church after the clothing drive to receive everything.

May I suggest, the very next time you handle a rubber band…stretch it…look up…and say…”Lord, do me like you did that blogging lady.”  You too, can make somebody’s day.

Scripture Lesson: “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 30:20 KJV

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God Has A Sweet Tooth…I mean, A Discerning Nose

“All I Want For Christmas Is More And More Of You, Lord”

Legend has it (according to Google) that in 1670 a choirmaster named Mr. Schildhaus, who conducted young singers at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany decided to entice them to remain quiet during the Living Creche ceremony (dialogue only, no singing) by awarding them with a stick of homemade sugar candy. On a whim, and in honor of the occasion, he bent the candies into shepherds’ crooks. To learn how the crooked candy cane gets filled with a peppermint stripe, click the website below, next click the peppermint picture, then watch the 2 minute Youtube video.

https://www.history.com/player/21088928?autoplay=true

THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Well, I had a short conversation with the Holy Spirit and He revealed to me that human beings are not the only ones who use a cane for correction and sweet morsels to pacify. He reminded me of something God set in order before the beginning of time.

For it is written in Exodus 30:23 (RS Version) the manner in which the Israelites should atone for their sins against God. The statute explains how the Israelites were to take their finest spices and perfumes (including cane) and mix them with olive oil and anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so that they might serve God as his priests. God himself refers back to this particular form of atonement when he reprimands his people Israel when they were unfaithful:

“You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings, or honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, or wearied you with frankincense. You have not bought the sweet cane with money, or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins. You have wearied me with your iniquities.” Isaiah 43:23-24 Revised Standard Version

So, during this Yuletide Season, let us all remember how closely connected our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is aligned to the Evergreen tree (they nailed Him to a tree); to the newly born (the manner in which He entered the world and the state we must become (as a little child) to receive all of His glorious wonders); the elaborate gifts (we were bought with a price); His journey into Egypt (our life of darkness prior to seeing the light); His journey out of Egypt and baptism into His ministry; our journey out of darkness and baptism by the gift of the Holy Spirit readying us for discipleship; and finally the sweet aroma of the cane preferred by God as an atonement for disobedience; and our penchant for the taste of sweet peppermint to remind us that Jesus is the reason for the season.

ALLOW GOD TO BLESS YOU WITH MORE AND MORE OF HIM

Finally, my friends, my prayer for you today is that you all rediscover Christmas anew. When you dress up in your ugly Christmas sweaters, be reminded to unravel the ugliness that is harbored deep down in your souls. Also, when you wrap those Christmas gifts to send to loved ones, remember to also wrap hope in sunshine and allow your message to penetrate somebody’s dark cloud of despair. And last but not least, when in that shopping check-out line, look backwards into the basket behind you, lift out an item and ask if you can be a blessing today with God’s goodness (even if it means you putting something of yours back on the shelf). Become a candy cane with a sweet aroma and a sweet taste in the mouth of someone to lift the spirits of a total stranger. Amen!

Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 9:6

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