The Light

Nope, perhaps not a video you’d expect to find on this blog, but I’ve been a lover of all kinds of music for my entire life.  Recently I was listening to some random songs and “The Light” by Disturbed came up in the playlist.  As I listened to the lyrics, I thought of how truthful these words truly are.

When you think all is forsaken,
Listen to me now
You need never feel broken again
Sometimes darkness can show you the light.

As we begin our celebrations of Christmas today, we are reminded of the birth of Jesus into a fallen, dark world.  Jesus, the one who brings us light and hope, shines brightly in the darkness.  In our own lives, think back to a dark time in your life, one where you walked away from God or where you didn’t know him yet.  Sometimes that darkness is what shows us need for the light of Jesus.

The truth is waiting there for you to find it
It’s not a blight, but a remedy,

In your dark times when you’re feeling lost, the truth is there just waiting for you to seek it out.  The darkness will amplify the light that shines in God’s love for us.   We often seek our own solutions to our problems, or when tragedy strikes, we can turn to hide our sorrows in drugs, alcohol or some other addiction.  Those, while seeming to be comforting at first, is never the answer we are looking for and often leads to further tragedy.

The answer isn’t where you think you’d find it
Prepare yourself for the reckoning

The birth of Jesus brought a light to this world.  His birth and life lead right to Easter, his death on the cross.

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.  Then at that time Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  – Mark 15:33-34

Darkness literally fell across the world.  Through the darkness, we see the awesomeness of Jesus and his resurrection.

With the light of Jesus, now we never need to feel broken again.  The darkness has shown us the light and we never have to live in darkness again!

Merry Christmas!

Is there room for Jesus in your life?

Jesus_in_manger_postcard_1910What a busy time of year this is.  From Thanksgiving to Christmas, our lives our filled with activities.  Christmas parties, school activities and programs, shopping, football playoffs and the beginning of bowl season.  So much to do, it’s amazing that we can cram it all in before the end of the month and still come out with our sanity.  We often cram so much in that we forget what the season is all about.  We forget that we are celebrating the birth of Christ.

No room at the inn

…and she gave birth to her first born, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  -Luke 2:7

Luke says there was no room at the inn.  We are really given no indication of why the inn was so crowded other than perhaps people traveling back to Bethlehem to register as decreed by Caesar, but I can imagine an inn full of people.  And when people get together, they tend to eat and drink.  Essentially, I can imagine a party going on.  Old friends who hadn’t seen each other in a long time, family members who only came together at times like this.   Food and drink in abundance and people partaking of it until the wee hours of the morning; singing, dancing and making a ruckus….all supposition, but it sounds a lot like some of our Christmas parties we attend.

I can imagine (I have a good imagination sometimes) the scene playing out something like this.

A man and his very pregnant young wife who is very obviously in labor, walk through the front door of the inn while a huge celebration is going on.  Imagine everyone stopping and staring for a moment;  and then returning to whatever they were doing at the moment.  

The young man walks up to the guy that appears to be in charge and asks; “Please sir, my wife is about to give birth.  Do you have a room?”

The innkeeper, looking cautiously at Joseph asks, “What is your name?  Where are you from?”

Joseph replies, “I’m Joseph a carpenter from Nazareth, and this is my wife Mary.”

The innkeeper looking at them with a slight bit of disgust, “Nazareth, I’ve never heard of anything good coming from there.  We have no room for you here, but you can go to the stables and stay with the animals if you’d like.”

So that’s what they do.  Now of course, I’m not sure if this is exactly how it all went down, we’re never really told.  But, we know that Jesus was born in a manger, a lowly place, a place fit for animals.  But that’s where Jesus came into this world.

Do we send Jesus to the stables in our lives?

Are we rejecting Christ because our lives our too busy?  Are we telling Jesus to take a back seat in this season, because we have too many parties and get togethers to attend?  It’s all pretty ironic really considering, we wouldn’t even have a holiday like this if it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus, yet we tell him, “There’s no room here for you, you can go out back and stay there and I’ll check in on you when I get a chance.”

I think this is a time to celebrate.  It is a great time to get together with family and friends.  I just hope that I can remember who we are celebrating this time of year and invite him with me to the parties.  In fact, I hope He is the reason we are getting together and we can all remember that this season.  I for one can use this reminder this season as I can definitely get caught up in the lights, the color and the activities.  I will use this as a reminder, to invite Jesus in with me instead of sending him out to the manger of my life.