Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Moved by the Spirit

Hi again. I realize that I've been a bit lax in my writing of late and feel the need greatly. However, I have no internet service at home on the weekends and so far this week, there has been no time. I also need to get to work on the passing on of an award that I received last week and put to use my hopefully, newfound knowledge of links. Thanks so much to everyone who helped me out. Without you, I'd surely have been at a loss.
However, I have just read something in my monthly church newsletter that I feel I must pass on for your reading contemplation. Reading the following words surely did move me, and I hope you find peace in reading them as well.

In contemplating the incarnation of the Son of God, Ellen White wrote the following words:

"In contemplating the incarnation of Christ in humanity, we stand baffled before an unfathomable mystery, that the human mind cannot comprehend. The more we reflect upon it, the more amazing does it appear. How wide is the contrast between the divinity of Christ and the helpless infant in Bethlehem's manger! How can we span the distance between the mighty God and a helpless child? And yet the Creator of worlds, He in whom was the fullness of the Godhead bodily, was manifest in the helpless babe in the manger. Far higher than any of the angels, equal with the Father in dignity and glory, and yet wearing the garb of humanity! Divinity and humanity were mysteriously combined, and man and God became one. It is in this union that we find the hope of our fallen race. Looking upon Christ in humanity, we look upon God, and see in Him the brightness of His glory, the express image of His person." - The Signs of the Times, July 30, 1896

And in response to having read this, this is what our minister asked us to think about:

"As we enter the season of Christmas, spend the time in reflection on what it means that God became man, that God came to live with us and reveal Himself in the flesh. I for one need to reflect on the truth that I need Him every hour, every minute, every second of my days."

And just now, for me personally, I do believe that these words represent the meaning of Christmas and what it's really all about. I need to slow down, be quiet, and let the Holy Spirit speak to me and spend some peaceful time of my own reflecting on the true and everlasting reason for the season. Have we all forgotten? Or is it just that we tend to get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the material side of the holiday that we bury it somewhere deep down where the true joy doesn't get to shine? Please ponder these words, and remember even for just a moment what we really have to celebrate, will you?

May you all feel peace and unadulterated joy at the pure and sweet truth of this Christmas season.


fernvalley01 said...

Very nice post. Absolutely we need to spend time reflecting on "the reason for the season" and what was given for us. I am so glad that there are still people out there unafraid to show their faith whether it is polotically correct or not. Please continue to spread the ggood word if we all do at christmas and always, what difference could we make?

Anonymous said...

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

A blessed and happy Christmas to all!

allhorsestuff said...

I don't have time to be as profound as I'd like...(everyone sighs!)
Yet wish to say; I am thankful for the ongoing HOPE that Christmas holds out to those with seeking hearts. May we all example the LOVE and Mercy that Christ has given us! What A GIFT to give all others!
Thanks Lorie for your heart!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

It's always good to remember that without Christ there would be no Christmas!

gtyyup said...

Thank you for posting that...isn't it amazing how we get so caught up in the season?!?

Stop, look, listen, ponder.

Blessings to you and yours.

panthercreekcottage said...

" And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

"Glory be to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

Blessings and joy my dear friend.

Lisa said...

This is a beautiful entry. I try to always keep in mind the true meaning of christmas rather than get caught up in all the bling going on around me.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Thanks for the heartfelt reminder about the true reason for the season, my friend.
This year promises to be just that way for our family. We have no serious plans or hectic schedule, only to be together as a family and focus on the beautiful meaning behind Christmas: God's love.

Blessings to you and your family,

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