“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you." Isaiah 60:1
What a terrific Christmas verse this is. Our blog coordinator kindly suggested we focus on this scripture for this glorious month and I am so glad she did. [Thanks, Brenda.]
So here's my take on what God is telling me:
ARISE - Wake up out of your worldly stupor, Glynis!
SHINE - Talk about Me and think about Me all day so others may see Me.
FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME - Christmas is solely about celebrating the arrival of Jesus as man made Flesh. Keep your lovely traditions and enjoy your family get togethers, but remember without Me, Glynis, there would be no you (oh, and no turkey for you to enjoy!)
AND THE GLORY - Don't even try to replicate My majesty with your puny twinkling decorations. I like it when all is calm and all is bright, but remember that Holy Infant so tender and mild...He is the The Real Reason for the Season.
OF THE LORD: not Santa...but the Lord Almighty, Prince of Peace, Emmanuel!
RISES AMONG YOU: Glynis. Get ready for the most amazing reminder this Christmas...be as a child and trust Me to fill your life with the raw joy and beauty of that first Christmas. Joy to the World, the Lord hath come!
Sometimes I wonder what 'to be as a child' means then I remember another scripture in Matthew 18:3 - 'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Two shepherds were centre stage dramatically sharing in the marvel of that first Christmas night. Then the lights on the balcony shone down on the husband and wife duet as they spoke to the congregation. It was surely a chorus of the heavenly host announcing that the Babe, laid in a manger, was the Prince of Peace. How the two shepherds longed to see the Child.
Trenton, although only three years old, sat rapt. His little mouth, agape, he stared and listened to the shepherds on stage as they shared the story of Christ's birth. Then at one point, they made plans to leave the sheep and go to the stable to gaze upon the little Jesus child.
This might be a bit of a paraphrase, but the lady shepherd said to her beloved, "Let us go see the Child." Her partner agreed that they should leave and in a moment the two had left the stage and headed down the aisle past where Trenton and the rest of us were seated.
Trenton leaned over to his Mommy and asked, "Where are they going?"
Mommy answered, "To see Baby Jesus."
"Can I go with them?" said Trenton.
I want to rise and shine and go with the shepherds to see Jesus, too. I think I know how to do it. Trenton taught me how...